turface alternative

emee(7)August 9, 2014

I have had no luck finding turface in my area. I read that Schultz aquatic plant soil or Schultz clay soil conditioner are substitutes. Can't find those either. I was about to order the aquatic soil online but I see it also has zeolite in it.

Is zeolite acceptable? Anyone have any other suggestions for turface alternative? Thanks for help.

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cactusmcharris

What's your area, or, more specifically, where you at? There's a locator in the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Surf the Turf

This post was edited by cactusmcharris on Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 14:22

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 2:19PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

NAPA oil dry part #8822 is also a decent substitute.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 2:56PM
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emee(7)

I have already used the locater & the nearest turface is approx. 2 hr. drive.

I do have access to NAPA oil dry which is Diatomaceous earth or silica. Is silica ok for plants?

I also found oil sorb which is 90% calcined clay with 10% quartz & silica added. The 10% is a known carcinogen. Of course I'm not eating it or breathing it. Which would be best for plants?

Which is best & less toxic. Thanks so much for your help.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 4:36PM
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sradleye

I like the napa product, which is 100% de if im not mistaken. tried another floor dry substitute, ended up using it as cat litter. love the de

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 5:13PM
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penfold2(4b, MN)

Look for Napa Floor Dry (part#8822) as mentioned above. Some oil absorbents will disintegrate when wet, but I've used Floor Dry in my mix for several years, and it still looks the same when repotting plants 2-3 years later. Just be careful not to breathe the dust when working with Floor Dry, or any dusty ingredients. I use a respirator when mixing soil.

-Chris

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 8:08PM
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_sbgibbons_

You can also buy turface on Amazon if you do want to stick with that. :)

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 1:12AM
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emee(7)

Thanks for everyone's help.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 8:45AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

Oreilly oilsorb is a coarse DE tht you can use.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 12:19PM
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kwie2011

Any John Deere dealers or landscape companies in your area? They might not appear in search results. Anyone who maintains or services baseball fields might also use and/or sell it, including parks, schools, etc. Worth giving them a call if you can't find the products already mentioned above.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 1:07PM
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sweetlily

OK, I just found out we have turface products in my area. So, I go on the site, and they have about ninety!!!!! (Slight exaggeration ;) ). Which is the one I am looking for, please?

Thanks so much.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 4:00PM
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kwie2011

I think it's Tuface MVP, but see if someone else confirms that. If no one responds, lookup any post by Tapla, or find his page and email him. It's his mix, and he's very helpful to us newbies to soiless mixes.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 4:48PM
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LilBit7765

It's the turface MVP

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:07PM
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sweetlily

Thanks!!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:44PM
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LilBit7765

You're welcome! :)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 10:47PM
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