The Pine straw we source is harvested in South Carolina. The Pine straw is hand raked on public and government property.  Each raker works a section of the field where they will assemble a pile of pine straw.  From this pile, the raker will pick-up with two handfuls  of pine straw and shake the straw to remove any debris.  The the pine straw is then placed in the metal or wooden boxes ("balers") which are shown below.  The pine straw is then compressed into the box and tied with two strings to secure the bale.  At the end of each day, the bales are placed into a trailer for storage. Pine straw is raked year round to ensure that our pine straw mulch supply is fresh.   The trailer is then loaded and ready to transport to us here in Pennsylvania.  The below videos and pictures were taken to help educate our customers about pine straw. People often ask, "Where does pine straw come from?". The answer: In South Carolina, as well as the Sand Hills of North Carolina where large tracts of Longleaf Pine Trees reside.   

 Pine Straw Box Baler which is usually made from wood or metal.

Pine Straw Box Baler which is usually made from wood or metal.

 A freshly raked field.  Long Leaf Pine Trees grow in sandy soil. 

A freshly raked field.  Long Leaf Pine Trees grow in sandy soil. 

 A clean field (meaning no debris such as pine cones, weeds or branches) ready for raking in the near future.

A clean field (meaning no debris such as pine cones, weeds or branches) ready for raking in the near future.

 A load of freshly raked Pine Straw getting ready to get loaded into a trailer. 

A load of freshly raked Pine Straw getting ready to get loaded into a trailer. 

 A field of Long Leaf Pine Trees in the early stages of growth.

A field of Long Leaf Pine Trees in the early stages of growth.

 The dark green area represents the historic range of the Long Leaf Pine Tree. An initiative is underway with the USDA to re-establish Long Leaf Pine Trees to their native range. 

The dark green area represents the historic range of the Long Leaf Pine Tree. An initiative is underway with the USDA to re-establish Long Leaf Pine Trees to their native range. 

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