Using Pine Mulch: Bark, Straw, And Needle
Pine mulch can not only add beauty, but it can also add a layer of protection to your landscaping. Here are a few different choices you have when choosing pine mulch for your garden.
Why Use Mulch?
Mulch can add to the beauty of any garden. It also has many benefits that can help the garden as well. Mulching isn’t something that is necessary, but the benefits are definitely worth while.
Adding pine mulch to a garden will help to maintain moisture. As the season progresses, the moisture levels can fluctuate. Mulch will help to maintain an even moisture level throughout the year.It will also help to prohibit weed growth. Weeds are not just ugly, they can feed off vital nutrients in the plants.
In hot summer climates the mulch can help to keep the plants cooler and prevent damage to the roots. In cold area’s the mulch can prevent the roots from being pushed out of the ground during frost seasons.
Pine mulch can add a slight amount of acidity to your garden. Depending on what you have growing, this may or may not be beneficial to your plants. Bark can also attract rodents if it’s spread too deeply.
Pine bark looks very clean and neat, and it won’t shift around much, even with high winds. The decay rate is also lower with bark. As long as you take care when you are placing bark on your garden, you will see benefits of pine bark.
Pine straw is probably the more inexpensive medium to mulch your garden. Straw is also very easy to lay down. It takes much less effort than other methods and mediums of mulch. Straw makes an excellent winter hide out for rodents, so you need to be sure you keep the area very clean to avoid rodent infestation. It’s also very lightweight and will easily blow away. You may find yourself needing to replace it several times a year. Straw isn’t considered very attractive, so if you have an ornamental garden you may want to choose a different type of mulch.
Pine needles can be a very attractive addition to any garden. The down side is that pine needles will decay very fast so you will need to replace them often. If you use any chemical weed control products on your garden the pine needle can trap that and spread it to your plants. If you apply too much pine needles at one time, you can end up with slimy needles on the underside. If you reseed your grass you must be careful not to seed near the pine needles. The seeds can plant themselves in the needles and start to germinate in your garden, which will defeat the purpose of mulching all together.