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Thread: A little sand research at Home Depot

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    I asked one of the expereinced people at the Pro Desk is he knew anything about the variety of sands being sold in building Materials. Apperently, he knows a great deal about the products.

    All Purpose Sand: 50 lbs., washed, $2.87

    Tube Sand: 60 lbs., washed, $2.98 (same as All Purpose)

    Play Sand:50 lbs., washed, $3.27

    Commercial Grade Sand (same as Sandblasting Sand): 50 lbs., $4.34

    He didn't know what these sand were washed with, whether there were any chemicals or not. I have used the All Purpose Sand and so far, after rinsing, there hasn't been any problems. I think that one could do their complete soil media shopping at a Home Depot or a Lowes. Sphagnum peat moss can be purchased in bales and dried LFS in small bags.

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    Don't forget both sell orchid mix too....

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    I think what matters is what the sand is. "Sand" is a term that describes grain size. Grains of what... that's a crap shoot.

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    sand blasting sand SHOULD be quartz sand i believe, as for the rest, as long as there isnt a ton of carbonate rock or metal salts you should be fine. both of these should be able to be tested for with some basic kits if your serious. im thinking of sacrificing some plants to a "local river sand" experiment this summer
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    WHEN IN DOUBT, SACRIFICE PLANTS FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE COLLECTION(or your pocket book) THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION

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    I've been using play sand and it seems to be doing the trick. You just have to wash it alot because it is awful dirty.

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    The Commercial Grade sand would be great but our HDs/Lowes ony have playground sand.

    Joe, orchid Bark is too expensive! check out the fine shreded all natural cypress mulch (not the big chips). This stuff rocks and you get like 2 cubic feet for 1/2 the price of one small sack of orchid bark. I've been using the mulches both Cypress and ceadar in this years soil mixes that would normally get bark (which is everything but cacti) and it's working great! I would say though that the cypress is faster drying (more like true orchid bark) and the cedar retains more water but both make excellent fast draining mixes. Just be sure to get the all natural, uncolored stuff.

    Too bad HD doesn't sell LFS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (swords @ June 07 2006,1:35)]Too bad HD doesn't sell LFS!
    Huh? I've been buying the dried LFS in bags right along. The live LFS can't be bought there, but the dried becomes alive, over time.

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