Why Pine Straw Mulch is a Great Choice for Your Next Landscape Project

Pine straw has been a popular landscape ground cover throughout the South for the past 25 years. It is one of the most widely used mulches for all size projects from residential flowerbeds to industrial complexes and highway landscapes. Longleaf Pine Straw is an aesthetically appealing reddish/brown mulch that can be used in a variety of landscapes to enhance the texture, color, contrast, weed-deterrent capabilities, and uniqueness of your landscaping. The fine texture and uniform color of pine straw are more aesthetically pleasing to some people than traditional wood bark mulch.

Why Use Pine Straw Mulch?

Pine Straw interlocks and holds together during hard rains and heavy winds, even on sloping landscapes. Because Pine Straw interlocks, pine straw will not wash out of beds like other mulches. Whereas many mulches do not allow water to runoff (rain and/or irrigation), pine straw allows water to flow through it to the soil underneath. The same quality by which pine straw allows for water to flow through it also helps to conserve soil moisture by reducing water evaporation rates and moisture loss. Pine straw also has the added benefit of reducing erosion caused by wind and rain-splash impact and adhering well to slopes; thus, not washing away as easily as other mulches during heavy rain.

Pine needle mulch (pine straw) is the number one mulching material used in landscape plantings in the Southeastern U.S. Because pine straw is actually a leaf (needle), it benefits the environment in the same way that decomposing leaves benefit the forest floor, by recycling nutrients and maintaining soil organic matter in a compost-like fashion. NO Trees are destroyed in the process of harvesting pine needles. The carbon footprint for harvesting pine needles vs. other mulches is very low. The majority of pine needle harvesting is done so by hand by manually using a rake. The pine straw is raked into piles and then placed into a wooden box for baling. 

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2 Bales = 1 Yard of Mulch 

Benefits of Pine Straw Mulch

  • Insulates tender roots from temperature extremes, in turn, keeping the soil warm during cold spells and, conversely, cool during hot spells.
  • Conserves soil moisture by reducing water evaporation rates and moisture loss.
  • Encourages water infiltration into the soil and reduces runoff.
  • Eliminates erosion caused by wind and rain-splash impact.
  • Protects against soil compaction by reducing the rain impact directly on the surface.
  • Aids in promoting favorable soil balance for healthy root growth.
  • Does not have to be removed. All you need to do is put fresh straw on the top of the old straw to revitalize the color and provide beds with new nutrients.

Quick Facts About Pine Straw Mulch

  • Appearance: Good to Excellent
  • Insulation: Good
  • Cost: Average (equal to in cost when compared with premium hardwood bark mulches)
  • Thickness: 2” – 3”
  • Weed Control: Good
  • Water Penetration: Excellent
  • Moisture Retention: Good
  • Decomposition Speed: Slow
  • Durability: Good (outlasts other mulches because of resin content)
  • Comments: Often used with acid-soil plants

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