Why Use Pine Straw Mulch?

Mulch is used to protect landscaping by holding in moisture and insulating the top layer of the soil. There are many different types of mulch, from grass clippings and bark to wood and pine needles. Pine straw is a type of pine needle that is an excellent option for mulch. It offers several benefits over wood or bark mulch for certain applications.

Pine straw is pine needles that have been shed from the tree and collected to use for mulch. There are many different types of needles that can be used, but longer varieties work best for mulch. Like all mulches, pine straw insulates the ground and protects loss of moisture. It can also be used to beautify landscaping and to keep weeds at bay. However, there are a few advantages of pine straw over bark or wood varieties, including:

  • Slope protection. Other types of mulch can roll or slide down slopes. Pine straw is perfect for slope and grips the ground, staying in place on elevated areas.
  • Rain erosion. Pine straw holds up under heavy rain that can erode many other types of mulch. The natural inter-locking quality of pine needles creates an unmovable layer of protection, even in heavy rain or wind storms.
  • Beauty. Many people prefer the appearance of pine straw over wood or bark mulch. It can have a smoother surface and does not attract pests that some wood mulches can bring.

If you are looking for an alternative to bark or wood mulch, pine straw can be a great option. Talk to your landscaper about using pine straw for your sloped areas and other spots that require mulch for ground protection.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

 

Benefits of Using Pine Straw Mulch

All biodegradable mulch can accomplish similar effects for your landscaping. Mulch protects the soil, keeping the moisture levels higher and insulated. Mulch also helps reduce weed growth, can add nutrients to the soil and can make your landscaping look neat and tidy. However, there are many types of mulch, from various wood nuggets and bark to pine straw. If you are wondering which is best for your landscaping, consider the benefits of pine straw.

What Is Pine Straw?

Pine straw is needles from pine trees that have been shed. In pine tree groves, the needles are collected and cleaned, to create pine straw mulch. The long needles connect to create an insulating layer over the ground, making a perfect blanket of protection over the roots of plants.

Advantages of Pine Straw Over Wood Mulch

While nothing is wrong with wood mulch for many applications, there are some circumstances where pine straw may be the better choice. Here are some of the advantages of pine straw over wood mulch:

  • Great for slopes. Pine needles tend to interlock, creating a solid blanket that will not roll or slide on slopes like wood mulch.
  • Erosion-resistant. Pine straw stays in place, even with wind or water that can easily wash away bark or wood nugget mulch.
  • Easier maintenance. Because pine straw does not wash or blow away like wood mulch, it makes less mess and is easier to maintain.
  • Green option. Pine trees lose their needles naturally every year, so no trees are harmed to make this renewable mulch product.

When it comes time to add mulch to your landscaping, talk to your landscaper about using pine straw instead of wood to reap the benefits.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Landscaping Made Easier with Mulching

Maintaining an attractive yard takes a lot of work; and with a little creativity, can render great results. Just staying on top of all your weeds can seem like a full-time job. You can make life much easier for yourself and leave your property looking beautiful with the help of some strategic mulch spreading.

Mulch comes in many forms and colors, and is a truly appealing as well as practical method of reducing weeds and accenting your landscape. Mulch serves several important purposes for many of the plants and vegetation you’re working so hard to grow. A good mulch will help to prevent soil erosion; help water your plants by retaining moisture as well as add nutrients while making your landscape more vibrant.

Your choice of mulch can include decorative stone, hardwood, or straw. Set off the colors and richness of your landscape using natural rock or pine needles. There’s a wealth of mulch materials available to choose from to achieve the look, texture and function you’re looking for to enrich your landscape.

To make things even easier for you, the mulch you choose can be delivered to your door, and installed if you prefer, by your local landscaping service. Hardscaping with natural rock, stone or hardwood for a tiered effect will give you easier access to gardens on a steeply inclined property and reduce erosion.

Why tangle with weeds, and struggle with mowing under low-hanging tree limbs? Contact your local landscaping/hardscaping professionals today and ask about their mulch spreading services and their choices of mulch materials. You’ll soon discover that there’s a whole new world of possibilities to transform your yard into a garden paradise.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Is Artificial Turf the Right Option for Your Lawn?

You have always wanted a green, lush lawn, yet year after year you struggle to get that consistent look you desire. Maybe you have kids or pets that are tough on your lawn or just have a poor location to sustain the right sun and moisture needs for a great looking yard of grass. Why fight nature when you can have that beautiful lawn you always wanted with the installation of artificial turf?

Benefits of Artificial Turf

There is a reason that many sports stadiums and commercial outfits have turned to artificial turf as a viable alternative to natural grass. Artificial turf stays green all year round, without the hassle of watering, mowing, fertilizing and other maintenance. Some of the other benefits include:

  • Durability. Does your dog love to dig up your lawn or do you have kids that have worn paths in your yard? Artificial turf can stand up to heavy traffic and remain beautiful. It also will not die from pet urine and other chemical changes.
  • Poor environment for grass. If you have too much shade or poor soil conditions, it can be almost impossible to cultivate a lush crop of green grass. Artificial turf is perfect for hard-to-grow areas on your property.
  • Healthy, green and safe. Yes, artificial turf is green in color, but it can also be green for the environment. Quality turf does not contain any harmful agents, making it safe for your pets and family. Plus, you will use less water and no chemicals to maintain the lawn, making it a green option for the planet.

If artificial turf sounds like a good choice for your home, talk to your local landscaper that offers artificial turf installation. It could be the best investment you make this year into the beauty of your home.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA
770-884-7277

Benefits of Using Pine Straw for Mulch

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
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 649-0818

Landscaping Paver Repair

It’s no secret that pavers can elevate the look of your driveway, walkways, patios and pool decking. While they’re an extremely durable choice that makes a high visual impact on your property, there may be times when a bit of routine maintenance or light repair of your paver patio, driveway, or pool decking is warranted. In such cases, a professional paving and landscaping contractor can restore your paved surfaces quickly and easily.

Water pooling, erosion, wash-boarding and bulging are most often caused by the subterranean growth of tree roots, exposure to extreme weather conditions or damage from high-pressure water application. Fortunately, repairing pavers is a far simpler task than completing the same manner of repairs on a poured concrete or asphalt surface. Rather than being forced to excavate the entire site, individual pavers can be removed and replaced to provide the same uniform, beautiful appearance you’re used to from your paved surfaces. When the affected pavers are removed and the problem is repaired, the same undamaged pavers can often be replaced. That means that you won’t be forced to purchase replacements or run the risk of slight color inconsistency from new pavers.

Should an oil leak or other event makes it impossible to salvage damaged pavers, an experienced professional can work with you to find replacements that are the closest possible match to the rest of your driveway or patio. Proper color matching and safe, correct installation will require you to work with a professional paver contractor who is experienced in these areas. Contact a paving and landscaping specialist in your area to set up an evaluation and estimate for repairs, and you’ll find that your paved surfaces are restored to all their former glory with minimal intrusion or fuss.

Posted on behalf of Troy Ogrin, Maxwell Hardscapes

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How Your Soil Benefits from Mulch Spreading

The benefits of adding mulch to your landscape are numerous. For example, did you know that the simple act of water dropping onto bare soil can cause particles of soil to be scattered, which results in the crusting of your soil?

Most people don’t realize this important fact.

Nevertheless, the majority of mulches are able to eliminate the impact of dropping water, reduce soil erosion, reduce crusting, and improve water penetration into your soil.

Improving Your Soil Structure

Mulch can improve your soil’s structure because as it decomposes, it provides matter that stimulates the aggregation of soil particles. Improved aggregation results in improved aeration and moisture of your soil. And, subsequently, root development is encouraged and other natural activities occur that enhance your soil’s structure.

Cultivating Less is Better

Soils that are mulched require less frequent cultivation than soils that are bare. Once, it was a common practice to cultivate dry, dusty mulch on the soil’s surface. The rationale was that a layer of dust would keep subsoil water trapped below, thus reducing the soil’s loss of water. Now, it’s widely known that you can improve your soil’s structure by not cultivating.  Research from the last four decades, shows that dust mulches negatively affect your soil’s structure because of wind erosion.

Choosing Good Mulch

The mulch you choose should be economical, easy to apply, easy to remove, and readily available. You also want to make sure that the mulch you choose will stay in place and provides your soil with organic matter. Ideally, you want mulch that is free of diseases, insects, and noxious weeds. A professional landscaping company can help you choose the right mulch for your needs.

Starting A Gorgeous Rock Garden

When you think of rocks, most people would not have the word “gorgeous” in mind. However, when strategically designed and complimented with beautiful, delicate flowers, they can become just that. The Japanese have used the rock garden or Zen garden as part of their landscaping for over a thousand years, a physical reminder of the different elements of the earth. Although they may have begun with spiritual meaning, it is also a wonderful way to transform your difficult yard areas into low maintenance beauty.

Finding Your Area

Many people like to use sloped areas that are hard to mow or spots that have been difficult to cultivate for their rock garden. Of course, you can add one anywhere for just the pure aesthetic value they can add to your yard. A sunny slope is ideal, but any sunny area can work.

If you are a slope, the area will need to be excavated to rid the area of the grass or weeds. Usually digging out the area a foot down will do the trick. If you are doing this yourself, you will then put a layer of drainage rocks, a layer of sand and then a layer of top soil.  The same will apply for a raised garden on a flat area; you will just need to create an elevated area with the use of foundation rocks.

Final Design

The final step is arranging and adding your plants and rocks. This can be done with the help of a professional landscaper who will be able to suggest types of rocks and plants for your garden and put it together for you. Even if you choose to do this yourself, you will need to spend some time with a landscape supplier that has quality rocks and plants that will work well in a rock garden. With a little help or advice, you can finish up your garden and enjoy the Zen!