Pine straw as mulch (herbicide danger)

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by AllanP, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. AllanP

    AllanP LawnSite Member
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    Sorry if this is stupid. I know that Pine straw acts as a herbicide as it breaks down. When used as mulch is it bad enough to hurt trees such as oaks and palms?
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    Nope, pine straw will not hurt them in the least.
  3. AUHort1990

    AUHort1990 LawnSite Member
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    I won't hurt the trees or shrubs. We use it around everything.
  4. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not sure about that, I've got maple seedlings growing out of some old bales.
  5. AUHort1990

    AUHort1990 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    Yeah, I've never heard of it acting like a herbicide when it breaks down.

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