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. If you think that is all, the soil around the plants receive proper protection by receiving suitable temperature and protect it from freezing conditions using pine straw. This is vitally important for new plants as well as those that have shallow root systems.
During the application of pine straw, it will be recommended to wear gloves. The needles can be hard to manage and also, prickly if you’re using bare hands. When talking about the application, it is fairly simple as what you need to do is remove the bale ties, grab a handful of straws and shake it over the area to which it’ll 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. Pine straw application has to be 3 inches thick. You can get suggestions for the applications of up to six inches thick but that is not normal especially in shady locations like areas under the tree. 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 that are applied in this technique is discouraging rodents to feast on bark. As the pine needles breakdown, they acidify the soil a little bit which makes it perfect as landscaping mulch for acid loving plants, trees as well as shrubs similar to azaleas, camellias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, ferns, gardenias, magnolias, dogwoods, evergreens and holly.
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.