When you think of pine straw, you may automatically visualize this natural material on a farm. However, the pine needles from trees create an outstanding mulch option for your garden. If you’re unfamiliar with this use and the optimal ways to integrate pine straw into your landscape, here are some tips.
Natural Mulch Benefits
When you want to use an organic material as mulch in your garden, pine straw is a natural choice with multiple advantages. The following are some of the benefits:
- Appealing color and texture
- Compression-resistant material
- Easy distribution
- High nitrogen content
- Insect and rodent protection
- Moisture retention
- Slow decomposition
- Soil temperature regulation
- Weed barrier
When the pine needles eventually break down, they will also add acid to the soil, which helps the following:
You’ll also find that the loosely connected pine needles will remain on otherwise challenging slopes in your garden. This protection is particularly helpful for roots during inclement weather.
Hints for Pine Straw Placement
Once you have your bale of pine straw in the garden, are you wondering how to proceed? Here are some tips:
- Before you begin, pull out weeds, prune, trim and tidy up the area
- Apply a 3-inch layer approximately a foot beyond the bed edge
- Use a rake to polish the look of your pine straw blanket
Contact Us to Order Quality Long-Leaf Pine Straw
Our supplier of top-quality long-leaf pine straw can deliver fresh bales the same day of an order. We also receive 250 to 300 fresh bales every 3 or 4 days. At Superior Sod, a shelter protects up to 600 pine straw bales, so they remain clean and dry.
To use this top-quality mulch for your landscaping, stop by or contact Superior Sod and Garden Supplies today!