I think Dry Stall is better than Turface. Dry Stall is pumice, this is what you want. Soil mixes vary from place to place, but I don't thing you will go wrong using pumice in your soil mix. If I could get some I would be using it !
I use Dry Stall as pumice substitute in "Boon's Mix" which is pumice, lava, and akadama. Dry Stall needs to be sifted as has lots of dust. I had about 25% loss last time I sifted a batch. Wear a face mask when sifting. Good stuff and fairly cheap.
Thanks again. That's a good idea about dressing up the top layer of soil BillS and yeah BillS after doing Bonsai for 11yrs. I still consider myself a beginer because I learn something new everyday.By the way Clyde if I brought home another tree my wife would shot me ha!ha! I counted them today and I have 49. Keeps me busy. Pete
I use dry stall and turface as well. I don't sift the turface, but do sift the dry stall. There's a lot of dust and particles that I'm not sure would wash out. On the other hand, the turface fines seem to wash out very well.