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  • Are Pine Needles and Pine Straw the same thing?
    Yes, pine needles and pine straw are the same thing.
  • What is the difference between "Longleaf pine straw" , "Slash pine straw" and "Shredded pine straw"?
    All three types are pine straw mulch (pine needles). Longleaf pine straw averages 14 inches in length. Longleaf pine straw is considered a premium pine needle that is used for landscape projects that require the BEST pine straw on the market. Slash pine straw is a shorter pine needle, averaging 9 inches in length. This type of pine needle is used for the average commercial or home landscape project. Shredded pine needles are used for gardens and small flower beds to lock in the maximum amount of moisture.
  • Is pine straw used as a mulch?
    Yes, pine needles are used as a mulch for gardens and flower beds. The length of the pine needle you will need depends on the amount of moisture that you want to lock into the soil.
  • What type of shrubs, plants, or flowers grow well with pine straw?
    Azaleas, camellias, hostas, ferns, hydrangea, magnolias, coleus, rhododendrons, snapdragons, cineraria, bleeding heart, geranium, lily of the valley, rose of sharon, rhodies, hellebores, astilbe, strawberries, blueberries, choke cherry and other bedding plants look wonderful when pine straw is used as a mulch in flower beds. Although we listed many example, this is not a complete list. If you have a question about a specific plant, please consult your local professional.
  • How deep should I spread my pine straw?
    Pine straw should be spread out 3 inches deep on the ground. Pine straw should be shaken out over the ground so that it is very fluffy.
  • Does pine straw help protect against the cold in the winter?
    Yes, if you place pine straw around the base of your tree or plants, pine straw works very well at protecting the root system from the cold during the winter months. If you are trying to protect small trees, place the pine straw around the base of the tree with about a two foot diameter. The pine straw will need to be at least three inches thick. If you live in a very cold area, place the straw about six inches deep to help keep the cold out.
  • Does pine straw help control weeds?
    Yes, pine straw is very good at helping control weeds. Pine straw should be placed 3 inches deep on the ground to effectively help control weeds.
  • How often should pine straw be put out?
    If you are using the straw to protect plants and to add to the soil, then pine straw should be put out once a year. If you are using pine straw as a decoration, then the straw should be put out twice a year. Most of our customers put their straw out in the spring and once again before winter.
  • Can my pine straw be stored in the garage?
    Yes, if you order your pine straw and decide that you want to use it at a later date, just keep the boxes in a dry place and the pine straw will be fine.
  • Will pine straw stay in place with high wind?
    Yes, pine straw will stay in place very well with high winds. The longer the pine needle, the better the pine needle will stay in place. If you have a place that has very high winds, you need to go with either the Longleaf pine needle or the Slash pine needle. Pine straw also works well on hills and will not wash away when the rain comes. Pine straw will work very well around the swimming pool. The long needles will stay in place with the winds and foot traffic.
  • Will pine straw attract termites?
    Termites do not like pine straw. You can put pine straw in your yard without the fear of termites that comes with most hard woods.
  • Can I use Pine Straw around the base of my home?
    Yes, pine straw allows the soil to breath and you do not get the moisture build up that you get with hard woods.
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