Using silica sand as Top Dressing

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  1. H2O

    H2O Administrator Staff Member

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    On the Island its from Slegg Lumber, try construction companies, pool supply companies (for filtration) and sometimes masonry supply companies. Often times these companies have silica sand but don't know it. The stuff I buy is only 20-30grit but I wash it very well and the finer stuff disappears. I used to love my 16 grit back in Ontario but it doesn't exist out here.
     
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    CP_loverrr Plant

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    Oh we loadsss of construction companies here, I check them out,

    Thanks!
     
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    Looks great!! Sadly I can’t find the stuff around here for the life of me... carpet moss it is!
     
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    I need to buy some!
     
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    I should look into getting some of that for next year. I went though about 20 50lb bags of the 20-30 grit this year, would like to see if the grittier stuff works better.
     
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  7. jackie quan

    jackie quan Sprout

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    White silica sand as a dressing may not be good if you left it out in the hot sun. Sun would heat it up and kill your plant especially i the 30 - 40+ C. I read somewhere to that effect.
    The white silica sand is about $15 for the 50lb bag. I bought some from a cement place north of Brentwood mall some years ago but that company has moved replaced by condos. Also some metal foundries use it and can advise you where they get theirs. I also recall ash bins use to use it a lot but smoking is out nowadays replaced by vaping.Just buy the best grit size... I recall 2 sizes are recommended. Also try not to inhale the dust when crumping it out..very bad for you.
     

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