Pine straw is a vital aspect in one's garden since its auburn and vibrant color brings life to it. This is probably one the main reasons why they are used in various landscaping ideas. The benefit of using these straws is not only for aesthetic reasons. There are also practical functionalities that pine straw possess.
Vital features of pine straw
As the term implies, pine straws are obviously take from pine trees that usually sheds their needs for the entire year. Once these needs fall off to the ground, it is hand-raked, cleaned and baled without causing any harm or damage to the pine trees. This makes pine straw an eco-friendly approach in designing one's landscape and a covering material too.
If the pine straws are applied in a right way or manner then it can minimize the growth of weeds, prevent the evaporation of water from the ground as well as the erosion and compaction of soil. Pine straws can also help plants from extreme conditions like freezing since it keeps the soil at a stable temperature. This is significantly vital for new plants with a root system that is not yet fully established. As theses straws undergo decay it improves the structure of the soil.
There are various types of pine straw; it can be based on its bale size, type, and depth of application. The region where it is found can also be a factor in its classification
How to Use Pine straw
Oftentimes professionals would recommend the use of slash pine straw annually. But of course if you are just using it for decorative purposes then you can apply it twice a year in order to keep your landscape looking good over time.
It is also vital that when applying pine straw one is wearing gloves so as to avoid any accidents. The needles are a bit sharp and firm once touch or handle by one' bare hands that is why wearing gloves is necessary. The application of it is not as difficult as you think. What you need to do is remove the bale times afterwards you can get a handful of swift straw and then put it on the area where you want to use t. The most ideal way for the depth is about 3 inches, adding an estimate of one inch on yearly basis is also a good thing so as to have an ideal depth.