What is pine straw mulch? Pine straw is a pine needle that has fallen from a pine tree. Used in flower beds as a ground cover for landscaping, pine straw helps insulate the soil from temperature fluctuations and will not move with heavy rains. Pine straw is excellent on hills and slopes because the needles interlock after spreading and keeps the pine straw from shifting.

Are all Types of Pine Straw the Same?

  1. 1.1.Longleaf Pine Straw - (14 Inch Pine Needle - a.k.a. - Long Needle Pine Straw, Pinus Palustris) 

    The thickest needle with the heaviest wax coating resulting in extreme durability. Very few

    companies actually carry Longleaf Pine Straw due to the fact that it's scarce. We carry it on a

    seasonal basis.

  1. 1.2.Slash Pine Straw - (9 Inch Pine Needle - a.k.a. - Slash Pine, Pinus Elliottii)

    The most popular type sold on the market and has a combination of durability, cleanliness and

    affordability. We carry this year round.

  1. 1.3.Loblolly Pine Straw - (6 Inch Pine Needle - a.k.a. - Short Needle Pine Straw, Pinus Taeda)

    We do not carry Loblolly Pine Straw due to the poor quality of the product and the fact that it

    does not last very long.

How thick should pine straw be installed? Pine straw should be spread at least 3 inches deep on

    the ground surface, distributed in a loose, fluffy manner.

Does pine straw help protect against the cold weather? Yes. Placing pine straw around the base

    of trees or other plants is effective in protecting the root systems from the cold.

Does pine straw help control weeds? Yes. The thicker the pine straw is applied, the better the

    weed control. Pine straw helps control weeds by blocking sunlight.

How often should pine straw be applied? Most of our customers put out their straw in the spring

    and again before the onset of winter.

What about pine straw and soil acid levels? Pine Straw has an acidic level of 6.0 - 6.5. The pine

    straw acid level is equivalent to rain water. This is perfect for most plants.

Will pine straw attract termites? Termites do not like pine straw. You can put pine straw in your

    yard without attracting termites that results with most hard wood mulches.