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Thread: Horticultural Sand vs. Coarse Builder's Sand

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    Horticultural Sand vs. Coarse Builder's Sand

    Hopefully this isn't a repetitive post but here it goes...

    So I live in San Francisco and I can find bulk horticultural sand around here. However, in Upstate NY that is a different story. I will be in NY at the end of August putting in a bog garden and I've been calling stores over there to see if they carry horticultural sand. Only one store had it but it was in small 5 lb. bags which isn't practical for the amount that I need. The only sand that I've been able to locate in "bulk" has been coarse builder's sand. Once place had something they called "general purpose sand" but w/o seeing it in person I can't be sure that's what I need. Just wondering if anyone has any experience using coarse builder's sand? I've done some research on it and just want to make sure I'm not getting the type with the polymer in it that makes it carcinogenic. I believe that type is used for laying pavers because the sand "sticks" together. I also don't know whether coarse builder's sand normally has much salt in it? I know that hort sand is usually pre-washed and doesn't have any salt. I've also thought about using pumice stone but it's very unlikely that I can find that to buy in bulk in NY.

    Any info would be appreciated. Thanks guys.

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    I've used building materials all purpose sand (as well as play sand) before, with no problems. Just rinse it first.

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    Thanks for the quick feedback, Jim! Rinsing isn't a problem but wouldn't the play sand be too fine? I didn't think that type of sand was too gritty.

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    You may also try looking at pool supply stores. Pool filter sand is pure silica.

    They have pools in New York, right?

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    farm and feed supply store cherry stone chicken grit

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    Do it Best home centers carry a product called course media blasting sand. 100 percent silica. 8.99 for 50 pounds..beautiful stuff.

    Previously known as: NY Plant Nerd

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    Just curious as to where in upstate NY you'll be in??

    Quite a few NYer's here that may be able to point you in the exact location to get what you need based on what part you'll be in.

    First thing that came to mind to me for bulk application is the sand that can be found at NY Home Depot / Lowes in 50lb bags, however, I've never used such sand...

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    Leslies pool supplies carries mesh 20 sand. Best sand I have found so far in my neighborhood.

    http://www.lesliespool.com/Home/Filt...ies/14700.html

    It says #50 but it is actually #20, I have checked personally

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