Benefits of Using Pine Straw
If you want your landscape to look eye-catching and appealing at the same time, then it will be a good idea to consider investing in pine straws. 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.
Say that it’s applied correctly, pine straws prevent water evaporation from soil, prevents soil erosion and compaction while being able to reduce the growth of weeds as well. 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. To use it, apply a depth of roughly 3 inches and add an inch annually in an effort to maintain acceptable depth.
The primary goal of using pine straw is to avoid weed growth and at the same time, enhance the appeal of your yard with proper ground coverage. Pine straw application has to be 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. For lining walkways and unpaved seating areas, this decorative approach is a foolproof technique.
It’s a sensible move to extend the pine straw to the plant’s drip lines. Keep the straw approximately two to three inches away from the base of the plants and trunks of trees and shrubs. Straws applied in this manner discourage rodents to feast on the bark. By the time that your pine needles broke down, it acidifies the soil turning it as the perfect landscaping mulch for trees, plants and shrubs such as to azaleas, camellias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, ferns, gardenias etc. that loves acidic soil.
As a basic tip when using pine straw, you might need to put it down at any given time of the year to create a fresh and neat appearance, before you spread the straw, weed and clean the area, apply a weed preventer and finish the trimming and pruning of existing shrubs and trees.