Pine needles

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Bunton Guy, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,927

    For us guys in the south....on every pine neele job I tuck and roll the eges. Most of the time I cant get my edges as tight of a roll as I would like for the most part I have seen many other Lco's pine needle jobs and they can get a better tighter tuck than mine. And it seems that every week i come back to those properties that I have recently needled and the rolls have come undone. What gives also I dont use long needle bails I cant seem to find them when i need them. What is your methods to tucking your pine needles? I pine needle out a little further than needed and then take the plower and blow on a angle which rolls them till they get to the right area. If needed I will hand work some of the bad areas.
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I have no idea what you are talking about.:confused:
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    I'm gonna say that the guys that are getting the tight rolls are probably doing it by hand. I just recently ran into rolling the straw myself and haven't yet had a chance to do it. I think I'll add that into any straw jobs that I get from now on, though.
  4. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,927

    You got to admit it looks cleaner when you roll and tuck those edges then the guys who just drop them down on the ground.
  5. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Sure it does. That's why we're going to start doing that. ;)
  6. Tim Canavan

    Tim Canavan LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Messages: 218

    You guys put pine needles in the beds. In Houston, everybody wants them bagged up and thrown away. There are a few people who like them around their azaleas, and still those who just have a ton of pine trees, but for the most part it's just garbage.
  7. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Its hard to get a tight roll with short leaf pine straw. The long leaf is much easier and stays put. But no matter which one you use you have to do it by hand blowing it just doesnt make a tight roll.
  8. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 305

    I like to edge the bed with a trimmer then I simply put out the straw and then use the tool and tuck along the edge. The tool looks lihe a a small square shovel with a long handle on it. Make sure the edge is below the concrete.
  9. thfireman

    thfireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    I use the blower and hold it pointed at a sharp angle against the edge of the beds. I use low speed on blower, just enough to cause the needles to lift then they tuck under the edge. Makes a nice roll along edges and stays put a couple weeks. I touch it up once and a while.
  10. Grasshog

    Grasshog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Bunton Guy. best place in or area to get needles.( Long Leaf) is Bingham"s. You will find them in Rock Hill, Cherry RD
    If you just need a few hundered, best bet is too pick them up yourself.. They deliver but it"s by tractor trailer and you unload them. They also carry GA. slash too.
    You will need to install them a little thick around the edge and come out about a foot past your bed. Rolling by rake and hand is the best way. The quickest is by blower. If you do it with the blower you will need to go over it again in about two weeks. Where the needles make contact with a non turf surface (sidewalk, road, gravel path etc ) its best to use a flat blade shovel and sink them in the ground. I will be doing a few hundred in Glen Eagles the first of Nov. if you want to lend a helping hand. Long leaf you put out once a year. They hold their color well. Short needles ( slash) you have to do twice a year. They dont hold color very long.
    Long Leaf needles come from NC trees. Short come from Ga.
    Good Luck. See ya at the Exxon. Prov & Fairview. best hot dogs in town

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