pine bark source for blueberries?

riverman1August 22, 2012

Anyone on the west side found a source for pine bark? I can buy fir bark by the truck load at area nurseries but can't find pine bark. I did see some pine shavings in a bale for rabbit cages but that's all I have been able to find.



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Noogy(6 sw mi)

They're sellin' them for gold, bagged up. I wish I could find some grass killin chunks! Hardwood chips are the only thing i can find.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 2:22PM
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Fir bark is a suitable substitute for pine bark in any pine bark formula.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately) people are finally catching on to the usefulness of pine bark, making it harder to find and more expensive.

There are many on the container forum that are using fir bark as a substitute for pine bark with good results. Why not use a local product if it fits?

I would stay away totally though from hardwood. It breaks down too fast.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 2:28PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

I think the stuff at Lowes,Greensmix brand is Pine bark. Brady

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 2:38PM
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Here in the South we are very fortunate to have an abundance of Pine Bark. I get it by the yard for $25. If you can find soil conditioner its mostly pine bark with some compost. I had a couple bags of it last year and the ph was 3.5 to 4. It is made up of pretty fine pieces though so It may retain more water than desired depending on how much you use.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 4:25PM
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I'd recommend picking up the phone and calling tree service companies. They maybe able to direct you to the source. Also tell them you want a dump truck (one ton) full of pine bark so they know your serious.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 5:08PM
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I bought mine at walmart

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 7:17PM
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Thanks guys.........I have looked at Wal-Mart several times and can't seem to find any. Unfotunately we don't have a Lowes.

As for the fir bark, I have used it quite a bit and it does work but my blues don't seem to be "real happy" in it, they grow but not as well as those in a mix of peat and soil. I know of a source but it's an hour drive one way, too far just to get some bark!


    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 12:08PM
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