Pine Straw


Old 04-12-02, 04:57 AM
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Pine Straw

Hi Everyone

There's a post over in Lawns asking what to do with excess Pine Needles.

I think they are used quite extensively in the South as a mulch, but not so much up here (in the North). Any ideas why?


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Old 04-12-02, 05:11 AM
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Where we used to live in NC you could buy pine straw in bales (like hay bales) to use as mulch around trees, etc. Can't see any reason why it wouldn't be used elsewhere.
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Howie, they use it in zone 5 here also.

Old 04-13-02, 07:35 PM
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Pine straw mulch

Pine straw mulch is great, especially around acid loving shrubs and plants. It is usually used as mulch in areas where it is readily available. I lived in Tidewater Virginia where there were a lot of loblolly pines. Most of us raked up our needles and mulched with them. You could buy bales of pine straw at the garden centers there. Because the soil there tended to be acidic azaleas were a feast for the eyes in the spring. We also had the Azalea Gardens in Norfolk.

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