If you’re considering using mulch for weed control in your landscaping, pine straw is an excellent choice. While wood mulch is very commonly used in landscaping, pine straw can have the same effect with additional benefits. Both can deter weeds and insulate tree or plant roots, but pine straw may be a better choice for many homeowners.
What is Pine Straw?
Pine straw is actually pine needles which have dropped from their trees and are baled to be used as mulch. The needles are light, yet offer excellent protection for the ground and work well for weed control. Although pine straw is usually more expensive than wood mulch for the same size bag, the pine mulch will cover more area, making it a good value. Consider these additional benefits:
- Soil Enhancement. Pine straw breaks down slowly and adds texture to your soil, plus it protects the soil’s moisture level. The layer of straw protects the soil from harsh weather and reduces the compaction of the soil. Acid-loving plants, like roses, due well with pine straw as mulch, enriching the soil for beautiful blooms.
- Environmentally friendly. Pine straw is sustainable and renewable, making it an environmentally friendly option for mulch. The old needles can be collected without harming any trees.
- Easier maintenance. Wood mulch has a tendency float or wash away in heavy rain. Pine straw is more likely to stay in place, meaning it won’t end up all over your sidewalk or need replenishing as quickly.
Talk to your local landscape company to find out whether they offer pine straw as a mulch option. It can be a better choice for your soil and landscape needs.
Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care