Bales of longleaf pine straw mulch are available for pick-up at maxwell's hardware in downingtown, pa (Chester County).

Delivery and Installation is available in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia. 

Longleaf Pine Straw Mulch (aka Pine Needle Mulch) is an alternative to traditional hardwood bark mulches commonly found in the Mid-Atlantic and New England States.

Longleaf pine needles are unlike common pine needle/pine straw found in the Mid-Atlantic or New England states.  Longleaf Pine Needles are grown and harvested in the Southeastern US. Longleaf needles are longer in length (8” to 14”) and individual  longleaf needles are denser due to a larger needle circumference than native white pine needles that are commonly found in the Northeastern US. 

Common Pine Straw Applications:

  • Home & Commercial Landscapes, Universities, Parks and Golf Courses

  • Sustainable Landscape Projects

  • Flower Beds

  • Natural Areas

  • Pathways

  • Steep Banks

  • Pet Bedding

  • Fruit and Vegetable Beds

  • Xeriscape

  • Rain Gardens


We have Pine Straw in stock year-round

Benefits of Pine Straw Mulch

  • Natural weed deterrent

  • Adds a unique texture to any landscape design

  • A natural product for trees and plants that is high in nitrogen and gradually decomposes into a fertilizer

  • An environmental, conservation & ecology-minded mulch

  • Insulates tender roots from temperature extremes

  • Conserves soil moisture by reducing water evaporation rates and moisture loss

  • Encourages water infiltration into the soil and reduces runoff

  • Eliminates erosion impact caused by wind and rain

  • Adheres well to slopes and does not wash away as easily as other mulches during heavy rain

  • Does not have to be removed before new application

  • Fresh straw can be placed atop old straw to revitalize color

  • Preferred by landscapers and homeowners because bales are easier to work with than hardwood bark mulches

  • Keeps some vegetables from forming mildew, mold, and rot

  • Uniform, neutral color that showcases flowers and plants

  • Retains moisture in the soil and around plants better than other mulches

  • Does not harbor artillery fungus or termites

  • Long lasting mulch that is easily spread


Pine straw mulch around flowers in front yard corner bed.
Pine straw mulch around a tree.
Pine straw mulch around plants in a back yard.
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100,000 Trees initiative

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Longleaf Alliance

Giving back to and preserving the environment is the foundation upon which our company was founded.  We are committed to continual natural resource conservation and stewardship of all lands. The pine straw you have purchased is produced by The Longleaf Pine Tree (Pinus palustris).  The Longleaf Pine once covered most of the southeastern United States from Florida to Virginia to Texas. This valuable tree provided the tar, pitch and turpentine, as well as the masts and timbers of the world’s sailing ships for over 200 years.  Although reduced to less than 7% of its original range, The Longleaf Pine continues to produce the best and longest lasting pine straw mulch in the US. 

Mid Atlantic Pine Straw Mulch is committed to restoring Longleaf Pine Forests in the Southeastern US, one tree at a time. For every bale of pine straw sold by The Mid Atlantic Pine Straw mulch company, one Longleaf Pine tree seedling will be planted. This effort will contribute to the sustainability of the Longleaf ecosystem which is one of the most ecologically diverse in the world and home to some of the rarest and most unique plants and animals on the continent. 

Donations from Mid Atlantic Pine Straw Mulch will be made to the Longleaf Alliance ( who will coordinate seedling plantings with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Please join us in our vision of planting 100,000 trees.  To learn more about what you can do to restore America’s Longleaf Pine ecosystem, please visit and join us in our vision to restore Longleaf Pine forests.  

Large pine straw mulch bed in yard.
Pine straw mulch around shrubs.

Pine straw mulch around shrubs.

In our logo, we reference "Natural, Renewable, and Sustainable". Why do these words define Pine Straw Mulch?

Natural - Pine Straw is produced by nature and the natural shedding process of the longleaf pine tree causes pine needles to fall to the ground where they are raked into a bale.

Renewable - A natural resource that is not depleted when used.  Bi-annually, longleaf pine trees shed their needles which produce continuous pine straw.  A longleaf pine tree can produce pine straw for 40 + years.

Sustainable - Longleaf pine forests once encompassed more than 90 million acres across the Southeast, stretching from eastern Texas to southern Virginia. These forests represent some of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems and are home to nearly 600 plant and animal species, including 29 threatened and endangered species. But over the past two centuries, development, timbering and fire suppression reduced the ecosystem’s range by almost 97 percent.

NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) works with agricultural producers and conservation partners to restore longleaf forests through the Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI), which was launched in 2010. From 2010 to 2014, NRCS has helped producers restore more than 260,000 acres on private land. Together with other conservation efforts, the amount of healthy longleaf forests has grown from 3 million acres to more than 4 million acres during that time period, reversing a century-long decline across the region. 

This initative is designed to improve the sustainability of longleaf pine forest ecosystems. 


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI)


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