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The Versatility of Using Pine Straw in Your Yard

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Pine straw one of the most widely-used mulches in projects ranging from residential flower beds to industrial complexes and highway landscapes.

Pine straw helps provide favorable growing conditions and stimulates healthy plant development, unlike other dry organic mulches such as pine bark, leaves, grass clippings, and peat moss. Pine straw can also be placed close to your home and doesn't attract termites.
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Other Pine Straw Benefits:

  • Natural By-Product. Pine straw is made from a by-product that is discarded from trees naturally, as opposed to grinding up whole trees.
  • Water Infiltration. Pine straw tends to interlock and prevent run off when you water your lawn frequently.
  • Weed Control. Pine straw is great for stopping those unsightly weeds that can literally take over your flower beds and kill your flowers and plants.

These are just a few of the reasons why pine straw holds many beneficial properties over other similar mulches. Here are some of the ways you can spread your pine straw.

Handling Pine Straw:

  • Manual Raking. If you are dealing with a small pine straw area, you can use a simple garden or leaf rake to collect pine straw.
  • Pine Straw Rake. Pine straw rakes are hitched to the back of a tractor and can collect pine straw from an even greater area. Be careful that you don't tear up your grass.
  • Wheel-Type Pine Straw Spreader. A wheel-type pine straw spreader is also attached to your tractor, but you must get the right setting for maximum results.

You really can't say enough about the uses of pine straw in your yard. It's practical, decorative, and extremely affordable. With all of its benefits, pine straw can be the perfect addition to any yard.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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