Creating the pine straw is done, as the name implies, from the needles shed throughout the year that derive from pine trees and the pine needles. As an environmentally friendly option for landscaping enhancement and mulching, pine needles are harvested as they are naturally dropped to the ground. Contributing to the prevention of soil compaction and erosion, pine straw applied correctly, has quite a few benefits such as preventing water evaporation from the soil and reducing weed growth. By stabilizing the temperature of the surrounding soil, not only so, pine straw will provide protection from any freezing conditions. By being hand-raked where they will be cleaned and baled, the tree is spared from harm and the needles are collected. Considering this, we at Milam’s Tree Service would like to further discuss the uses of pine straw.
Pine Straw Mulch
Experts recommend annual application for mulching purposes. Two times a year is advisable if you are looking to use pine straw for aesthetic purposes in your landscape. Because the needles are very prickly and can be a challenge for bare hands to manage, wearing a pair of gloves is advised when you handle pine straw. In the designated area for simple application, remove the bale ties and shake handfuls of the pine straw. With at least 3 inches of depth to your yard, add an inch for proper maintenance. Pine straw can have additional benefits if you have a drip line for your vegetation. Though ideal for mulching, keep 2-3 inches away from the base of your bushes, plants, and trees. As the pine straw breaks down, they will slightly acidify into the soil as it is an excellent source of acidic compounds.
Decorative Pine Straw
Both easily accomplished with pine straw, your primary goal is preventing weed growth, or potential growth and the secondary goal is to maximize the beauty of the landscaping with ground cover. You need to apply a minimum of pine straw 3” thick, particularly in shady areas. Lining walkways and seating areas such as around benches for example is how this material and technical application is especially useful on areas that are unpaved.
How to Spread Pine Straw Like a Pro
When using pine straw keep in mind the following suggestions:
– Bear in mind it does not require long to settle, do not forget to spread the straw 3 inches of thickness in the application area.
– About a foot beyond the bed edge, only spread the pine straw carefully.
– Use either a rake or leaf blower to roll the edges of the straw, to give a professional touch to the finished project.
– When it needs a fresh, neat appearance, you can lie the pine straw down any time of year.
– Prior to your application, your pine straw only after the landscaping is clean and weeded, apply a weed preventer and finish up pruning and trimming of existing trees and shrubs.