If you’re looking for superior bedding material for your trees and plants, consider pine straw. It is a natural product, high in nitrogen, that decomposes and makes a great fertilizer for plants and shrubs. A pine straw covering adds beauty to your landscape while deterring weeds. It adheres well to slopes and will not wash away during heavy rain. Pine straw is ecology-minded and easy to work with. It does not have to be removed; simply place fresh straw on top of existing straw to revitalize the color. It’s easier to handle, weighs less and is less expensive than bark mulches.
Pine straw is widely used by landscapers, nurseries, golf courses, municipalities, parks and homeowners. Pine straw’s popularity continues to grow. The word is spreading that it is easy to use, has beautiful color and fertilizes soil. It’s clear why pine straw has become such a sought-after product for the finishing touch on landscape jobs. Pine straw keeps sprawling vegetables such as squash, melons and strawberries from forming mildew or mold and developing rot.
There are many reasons for using pine straw as a mulch. It enhances the beauty of any landscape by providing a cover of uniform color that is neutral and doesn’t detract from plants. Pine straw conserves soil moisture by reducing water evaporation from the soil. Weed and grass problems are less when the straw is applied deep enough to smother unwanted plants and prevent undesirable seed germination. Because pine needles interlock, they keep wind and rain from washing or blowing away the topsoil. Soil crusting problems are prevented, and moisture is able to reach the roots of plants. It also insulates the soil.