Besides the environmental benefits, pine straw mulch also:
Insulates tender roots from temperature extremes, in turn, keeping the soil warm during cold spells and, conversely, cool during hot spells.
Conserves soil moisture by reducing water evaporation rates and moisture loss.
Encourages water infiltration into the soil and reduces runoff.
Eliminates erosion caused by wind and rain-splash impact.
Protects against soil compaction by reducing the rain impact directly on the surface.
Aids in promoting favorable soil balance for healthy root growth.
Does not have to be removed. All you need do is put fresh straw on the top of old straw to revitalize the color and provide beds with new nutrients.
Act as RENEWABLE RESOURCE
Appearance: Good to Excellent
Cost: Average (equal to in cost when comparing with premium hardwood bark mulches)
Thickness: 2” – 3”
Weed Control: Good
Water Penetration: Excellent
Moisture Retention: Good
Decomposition Speed: Slow
Durability: Good (outlasts other mulches because of resin content)
Comments: Often used with acid-soil plants
"Renewable Resource" and "Sustainability"...What are these words we are hearing so much about these days? Renewable resources are things on earth that can grow/reproduce again and again, and never run out (i.e. air, water, trees). Sustainability is, "Meeting the needs of the present without depleting resources or harming natural cycles for future generations". It is all of our civic and moral duty to protect our earth and use products that are a Renewable Resource and contribute to the environment's sustainability. The more demand that is generated for Pine Straw Mulch, the more Longleaf Pine Trees will be planted to supply this demand. Trees are not harmed or destroyed when harverting Pine Straw, as the needles are shed from the tree, fall to the ground and are raked and baled by hand. This is one of the reasons is why Pine Straw is the one of the most ecologically and environmentally friendlychoices when choosing a mulch.