Can't find Pine Bark Fines in Central Florida :(

piriAugust 14, 2008

Hi guys. I'm trying to make Al's container mix and I'm having the worst time finding pine bark of the right size.

I've been to Home Depot, Lowes in Casselberry and Sanford, Ace Hardware, and Lukas Nursery. No luck finding small pieces of pine bark. Anything that's small enough is cypress pulp, eucalyptus or rubber, and the pine bark that's available is all nuggets.

Any advice for picking this up in the Altamonte/Winter Springs/Sanford area? Sometimes it's called Soil Conditioner. Thanks for any advice, and thanks to Tomcanth for suggesting I post this here!

-Piri

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katkin_gw

I am pretty sure Bushel Stop carries it, do you have one close to you?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 6:30AM
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an_ill-mannered_ache

walmart here in deland carries it as pine MULCH, over in th esoil and mulch section. it used to be labeled "soil conditioner," but i guess no one bought it. $3 for a cubic yard. it does, indeed, make a really nice mulch. but an even better soil conditioner.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 6:31AM
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Ariel73(z9FL)

Yes, I agree pine bark fines is hard to find.

I finally picked some up at Kerby's in Seffner/Brandon. But it wasn't cheap. I paid $5 for a small bag.

Good luck

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 9:55AM
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nativemel

Pine bark fines can be found at Halls Feed and Seed in Apopka. Take State Rd 436 West toward Apopka, merge onto US 441 where SR 436 ends, turn left on Park Avenue, go one block and turn right, store is immediately on your right. The owner is an organic gardener. He usually has a few bags, but one call or visit to him and he will order it in whatever quantity you need. He's usually there at 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 11:04AM
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nativemel

Oh yeah, and do not get lost or venture off from the directions I gave. That is not the nicest neighborhood to be cruising around in.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 11:07AM
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greentfinger(9/10)

Here is an add from St Petersburg Times this morning: Mulch, free 15 yard delivery, For St Petersburg area, call 727-433-1461. I hope this can help you. Our neighbor got a load from them a few months ago. No problems either.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 12:24PM
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beachlily z9a

BWI in Apopka stocks pinebark fine under the name organic soil conditioner.

I'm going to check my Walmart this afternoon! No one close to Daytona stocks the stuff except for a small nursery in New Smyrna Beach.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 12:26PM
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naplesgardener

the wholesaler for pine bark fines in central FL is floridamulchonline.com
you can call their toll free # (on their website) and they'll tell you what retailer is in your area.
they did it for me.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 1:38PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Piri,

See what I mean since you moved this question from the Container forum over here? If you want to buy a pickup truck load and are willing to come to Tampa two places here sell it by the yard (27CF), for $21. Mulch Express also has pine straw for top mulch...check out the thread below.

Tom

Here is a link that might be useful: Pine fines in Tampa

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 2:23PM
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piri

WOW! Thanks for all the GREAT info everyone!
I guess I'll be heading to Apopka in the morning.
I had never thought to use reptile bark. I guess I could always have that as an emergency backup since it appears to be a bit expensive by volume.
Thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 6:28PM
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naomilovesflipflops(9b FL)

Hi Piri,

Bolling Forest Products also carries the fines. May be closer to you than Apopka. It's in Longwood off of Markahm Woods Road. I'll link their site below. Good luck! :-)

Naomi

Here is a link that might be useful: Bolling Forest

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 7:57PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

I got mine from Bolling Forest last year. They delivered a yard of it and I used it everywhere! It's my favorite soil amendment and I also use it as orchid medium. In a 50/50 mix with potting soil I use it in all container plantings.

Kate

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 10:06PM
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piri

Oh, thanks guys. Longwood is in fact MUCH closer. I have so many options now. You guys rock!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 11:31PM
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piri

I went by Bolling Forest this morning. The rain was so bad I wasn't sure I was going to make it!
I got two big bags for $2 and some change each. I told him he had better never leave Longwood! He said everyone who buys the stuff tell him he's the only one who carries it.

Thanks again for everyone's help. I'm excited toget to repotting!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 9:39PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
Speaking of Al's mix . I can find PBF at bushel stop but I'm having trouble with "Turface" I can't even find a place that knows what the heck it is lol I did try "Oil Dri" but not sure if it's the same thing . Did well on the water test though. Anybody know where to find some in P.Beach county?/ gary

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 6:14AM
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junkyardgirl

I bought some garden soil from Wal-Mart recently that is 55-65% pine fines. Can't find my glasses, so can't read the ingredients to you right now, but it's made in Georgia, where they grow a lot of timber pine, so probably mostly loblolly fines. It's less than $5 a bag here, and comes with or without fertilizer. I've been using it with great success as a potting soil. The name is "Expert Gardener". This might work for you.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 8:27AM
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an_ill-mannered_ache

gary, i use with great success al's mix, but all without the extras -- just fines, peat, vermiculite. then, correct the ph and add some micronutrients. fertilize regularly, per al's recommendations. (the iron is key!)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 8:09PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
I've had great success with the formula you mention also.
That's why I wanted to try some of the others.lol
Particularly interested in the container grown Roses..The main ingrediant is "Turface" . Whatever that is lol gary

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 4:37AM
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