Benefits of Using Pine Straw
Pine straws have auburn rich color bringing life and vibrancy to the garden, making the landscape look appealing and eye catching. The benefits that it offers on the other hand are more than visual. Pine straw has plenty of practical uses too like a natural garden mulch.
Assuming that it is correctly applied, pine straw will help in preventing water evaporation from the soil, helps in preventing soil erosion and compaction while also reducing the growth of weeds. Pine straw is also helps in keeping soil around the plants at suitable temperature and protects it from freezing conditions as well. This is important especially for new plants and those with shallow root systems.
You may like to wear a pair of gloves during the application of pine straw. The needles could be very hard to manage and prickly with just your bare hands. 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. In general, apply a depth of around 3 inches initially and every year, add around an inch to be able to maintain acceptable depth.
The major goal for making use of pine straw is to further enhance the visual appeal of the yard with proper ground coverage and also, to avoid weed growth. Keep in mind that the application of pine straw should be at least 3 inches thick. You might find recommendations for applications of up to six inches thick but that isn’t normal, particularly in shady locations like areas under the tree. This decorative approach is a good technique to use for seating areas that are not paved and lining walkways.
It is also a good idea if you will extend the pine straw into the drip line of plants. 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. As pine needles are breaking down, they are acidifying the soil a bit making it great as landscaping mulch for acid loving plants, trees and even shrubs like to azaleas, camellias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, ferns, gardenias, dogwoods, holly and evergreens.
Just a simple reminder when you are about to use pine straw, it will be wise to weed and clean the area where it’ll be applied, use weed preventer and finish the pruning and trimming of existing shrubs and trees and the best thing about these straws is that they can be used at any given season.