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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 05:00 AM
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Originally Posted by mitchfish9 View Post
Dirt and black diamond sand is a great combo! My friend did a 75 with those two for less than 30 bucks.
I also did this and I am having good results so far, but it is too early to tell the long term results. I also like how easy it is to plant in. I used the medium grain black beauty and it was $14 for 100pound bag. This is what it looks like
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post #17 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:27 PM
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Thank you guys for the lesson on safetsorb! Where would I go looking for black diamond sand? Can you get safetsorb from home depot or lowe's or is it an online item?
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post #18 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:44 PM
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I purchased the black diamond sand at a stone yard(they supply stones and substrates for builders) I know NAPA auto parts sells the saftsorb in my area.
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post #19 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 01:23 PM
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Drillspot sells safetsorb for $10 shipped.
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post #20 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Black Diamond can be found at Tractor Supply.
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post #21 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2013, 02:31 PM
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I bought a 50 pound bag of Turface natural for $11. It's similar to safe t sorb but is baked at a much higher temperature so it won't get mushy over time. I have read some reviews that say safe t sorb will break down after a couple years. Haven't used it myself. If you don't want to fuss with actually mineralizing the correct topsoil just get some miracle grow organic potting mix.
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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2013, 03:04 PM
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I bought my Black Diamond at Northern Tool and Equipment.
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