Texas Gardening forum: Pine Bark Mulch in the Austin Area

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vurbil
Jan 5, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Why is fine pine bark mulch (or any pine bark mulch for that matter) virtually impossible to find in the Austin area? Is there some kind of environmental concern with pine specifically? You can buy any other kind of mulch, just not pine.

Everything I read says that fine pine bark mulch, or a mix that consists mostly of such, is the best thing to use for containers, especially trees. Really would like to get my hands on some.
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Bubbles
Jan 5, 2018 2:53 PM CST

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Have you tried the one above?
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vurbil
Jan 8, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Doesn't seem to be any pine bark mulch sold here. I just grabbed the finest hardwood mulch I could find. We'll see how that does.
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pod
Jan 8, 2018 9:03 PM CST
I'm not in your area but wonder if it is not as accessible in your area. Or perhaps there is an issue with spreading some disease to other trees?

In containers I have heard of using pine bark fines. I have used shredded hardwood mulch in my containers with no problem. Yours should do fine. Thumbs up
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needrain
Jan 8, 2018 9:19 PM CST
vurbil said:Doesn't seem to be any pine bark mulch sold here. I just grabbed the finest hardwood mulch I could find. We'll see how that does.


That really surprises me. Wal-Mart carries it locally along with a couple of other places. Tends to be more a seasonal item. This is not a major gardening area of Texas, but places do tend to stock bagged mulch. If I drive to town/city with either Home Depot or Lowe's, they generally have it in stock even out of season.
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vurbil
Jan 9, 2018 11:26 AM CST
Trying some of this hardwood mulch raw for cuttings of yaupon holly. I might try composting the rest down a little bit. Seems like it could use it. Maybe compost it with some of my urine for a couple months.
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needrain
Jan 9, 2018 1:04 PM CST
vurbil said:Trying some of this hardwood mulch raw for cuttings of yaupon holly. I might try composting the rest down a little bit. Seems like it could use it. Maybe compost it with some of my urine for a couple months.

Hilarious! Do you have a deer problem?

Donald
Name: Kat
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kittriana
Jan 11, 2018 11:38 AM CST
Pine bark is gathered from sawmills, nothin wrong with it, but the guys who bag it know it won't sell where its easy to acquire. Austin has mostly cedar if I remember right. It's a bit early for the hydromulches to be getting stocked yet. Seems they always show up after I have done without.
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Bubbles
Jan 12, 2018 9:55 AM CST

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Bastrop is home to The Lost Pines, thirty miles from Austin.

vurbil
Jan 12, 2018 11:24 AM CST
I just really hope this hardwood mulch doesn't contain black walnut. That would be bad. Cypress should be okay for cuttings, right? It supposedly inhibits germination (even this I question), but doesn't harm existing plants.
Name: Kat
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kittriana
Jan 13, 2018 11:38 AM CST
It shouldn't contain black walnut, but you could always access the source you find listed on the bags
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tx_flower_child
Jan 14, 2018 2:14 PM CST
If you can get native shredded hardwood mulch, it's an excellent mulch. I think there's a company in Austin that 'makes' it. If I get out today I can tell you the name of the company. They also have a good native cedar mulch. Not sure why you're so set on getting pine bark.
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greene
Jan 14, 2018 4:26 PM CST
Pine bark mulch in the Austin, Texas area:

http://www.austinlandscapesupp...
They have pine bark mulch and they deliver. 1-512-930-2311

These folks have Texax Native pine mulch. http://www.austinwoodrecycling...
1-512-259-7430

Look at your local Lowe's store for Just Natural Organic Soil Conditioner; it is a Jolly Gardner Product. It contains 100% aged pine bark fines and costs $3.88 for 1.5cu.

There are more but I figured one of those three should provide what you need.
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
Jan 14, 2018 8:23 PM CST
Ummm, may I ask why you think Ilex vomitoria needs mulched? yaupon is one of the things I spend hours trying to keep cut back...
kitt

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