Pine straws have auburn rich color bringing life and vibrancy to the garden, making the landscape look appealing and eye catching. However, if you think that it is just visually appealing, there are more benefits you don’t know about it. Pine straw has plenty of practical uses too like a natural garden mulch.
Pine straws are capable of reducing weed growth, prevent soil erosion and compaction, prevent water evaporation from the soil and many more given that it’s properly applied. Apart from that, pine straw helps the soil around plants to maintain suitable temperature while protecting it from freezing conditions too. As a matter of fact, this is essential if you have shallow root systems and new plants.
During the application of pine straw, it will be recommended to wear gloves. If you are using just your bare hands, it may be hard to manage the needles as it is somewhat prickly. As for the application, it is quite simple because you just have to remove the bale ties and take handful of straw, shaking it over the area where it will be applied. Generally speaking, opt to apply depth of approximately 3 inches, adding about an inch every year to maintain acceptable depth.
Avoiding weed growth and enhancing the appeal of the yard with proper ground coverage is the main goal of utilizing pine straw. Keep in mind that the application of pine straw should be at least 3 inches thick. You may want to get some offers for applying up to six inches but that is not typical most especially in shady locations including areas under the trees. This decorative approach is a good technique to use for seating areas that are not paved and lining walkways.
It is also a good idea if you will extend the pine straw into the drip line of plants. Keep the straw approximately two to three inches away from the base of the plants and trunks of trees and shrubs. You can protect your bark from being the next feeding source of rodents by applying straws in this way. As the pine needles breakdown, they acidify the soil a little bit which makes it perfect as landscaping mulch for acid loving plants, trees as well as shrubs similar to azaleas, camellias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, ferns, gardenias, magnolias, dogwoods, evergreens and holly.
As a simple tip when you are using pine straw, you may have to put it down at any time of the season to be able to create a fresh and neat appearance, before spreading the straw, weed and clean the area, apply weed preventer and then, finish the trimming and pruning of existing shrubs and trees.