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Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« on: January 16, 2020, 09:14:38 AM »
I was looking at builders sand at HD, but the small size of the grains concerned me. After what I've read on here, I'm paranoid about creating a muddy, mucked-up mess in my pots. This product https://www.homedepot.com/p/SAKRETE-0-5-cu-ft-Step-1-Patio-Paver-Base-40100317/205153034 looked like it had pretty big grains and is composed of silica & quartz. If I washed it well, does anybody think I'd have any issues using this as the "sand" in my mix?

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 09:25:36 AM »
I have used that in the bottom of pots before, itís really too heavy for potting mix.
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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 10:31:12 AM »
Yes it is indeed that. Is the weight concern just regarding the mobility of the pots, or do the grains work their way to the bottom of the pot over time (or something similar)?
The goldie lox paralysis of (over)analysis has me stalled, deciding on the potting mix sand feels like a major parental choice :D

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2020, 10:43:19 AM »
Pumice or perlite would be better than stone paver base. 
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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2020, 11:02:15 AM »
I started using turface for around 40% of my container mix and I'm really happy with it.  Sold at landscape supply stores, there's a store locator on their site. 

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2020, 11:34:16 AM »
I have both perlite & vermiculite going into the mix, plus pine bark, just looking for the "sand" component of the mix.
Thanks for the tip on turface, looking at what it is, it has to be carried around here somewhere.

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2020, 12:16:06 PM »
I have both perlite & vermiculite going into the mix, plus pine bark, just looking for the "sand" component of the mix.
Thanks for the tip on turface, looking at what it is, it has to be carried around here somewhere.

Whatís wrong with beach sand?
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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2020, 01:40:12 PM »
Whatís wrong with beach sand?
I don't know, salt content maybe? There are a lot of beaches around here ;)

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2020, 01:51:14 PM »
Iíve been using pool filter sand and have been pretty happy with it.  It has larger grains than most of the other sands commonly available in Florida.

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2020, 03:53:12 PM »
50lbs bag from HD for $9...sounds like a plan. I'll give the pool filter sand a try.

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2020, 04:05:51 PM »
I was looking at builders sand at HD, but the small size of the grains concerned me. After what I've read on here, I'm paranoid about creating a muddy, mucked-up mess in my pots. This product https://www.homedepot.com/p/SAKRETE-0-5-cu-ft-Step-1-Patio-Paver-Base-40100317/205153034 looked like it had pretty big grains and is composed of silica & quartz. If I washed it well, does anybody think I'd have any issues using this as the "sand" in my mix?

I've used this recently in my larger pots, I don't see a problem with it.
I mixed it up with my regular potting mix and place it into the bottom 1/3 of the new pot.

I'm mainly using it to provide weight for the larger plants, they tend to blow over easily with lighter weight mixes.

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2020, 04:14:21 PM »
Yes it is indeed that. Is the weight concern just regarding the mobility of the pots, or do the grains work their way to the bottom of the pot over time (or something similar)?
The goldie lox paralysis of (over)analysis has me stalled, deciding on the potting mix sand feels like a major parental choice :D

When it gets wet it really gets mucky and messy and takes valuable space for root growth.
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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2020, 08:31:43 AM »
Yes, I can see that now. Moisture somehow made its way into the bag and it looks like a milky white mess in there. Skhan's use in the base had me thinking I'd keep the paver base to weigh down the pots, but then I thought about the RootBuilder pots I'm using and realized they don't really have a "bottom" to them. Oh well, it's back to Home Depot....

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2020, 08:58:04 AM »
I cut circles of landscape fabric and zip-tie them to the bottoms of my rootmaker pots, works great.  Then you can put heavy stuff at the bottom to keep it upright

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Re: Paver Base in Potting Mix?
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2020, 04:00:16 PM »
That's a good idea! I sprung for the bottoms from the company, but they didn't mention attaching them like that. Definitely going to do that, I've been picturing losing half my potting mix when I try to move them.

 

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