Pine Bark into dirt....

baileczJune 19, 2009

I have a large nature / play area that has years of layering pine bark and wood chips on it. Its all decomposed into dark dirt. In fact, that section of my yard is slightly higher than my lawn causing water drainage issues. (water is diverting around it washing away my grass.) Is this dirt worth using to plant sod on top of it? ..or is it too acidic?

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catbird(z7 AL)

It's probably wonderful, rich soil. The best way to decide whether it's too acidic is to test it. You can buy a meter at Lowe's or Home Depot that will check the ph level. I use pine chips on pathways and every few years when the composted wood gets too deep to add more, I just scrape it into the garden beds to enrich that soil. Makes a handy compost pile. ;-)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 11:01PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Pine bark won't affect the pH in an appreciable way (it's a myth that it does).

Do you have a large pile of compost to work with, or have you been working it into the soil?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 10:28AM
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Nope. Its just been layered on top of previous applications of the same pine bark over the years. No compost has been worked into it. That was my concern.
I just dont want to spread it only to see that grass wont grow in it. (Weeds sure do!!!)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 11:37AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Not to worry.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 11:45AM
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catbird(z7 AL)

rhizo: You say "No compost has been worked into it." It IS compost. Just plant in it or move it to your planting beds to enrich them.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 6:36PM
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