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. On the other hand, the benefits are more than its visual aspects. As you read the next paragraphs, you will learn the various uses of pine straws.
Pine straws are capable of reducing weed growth, prevent soil erosion and compaction, prevent water evaporation from the soil and many more given that it’s properly applied. Apart from that, pine straw helps the soil around plants to maintain suitable temperature while protecting it from freezing conditions too. 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 nice technique to be used in seating areas that aren’t paved and lining walkways.
Extending the pine straw into the drip line of plants is a great idea. Always keep the straw at least 3 inches away from the base of not just the plants but also the trunks of trees and shrubs. Straws that are applied in this technique is discouraging rodents to feast on 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.
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.