Pros & Cons ..... Mulch vs. Pine Straw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Blades of Steel, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I have a client that would like pine straw instead of mulch. However, I have never used Pine Straw. But when you think about it you rarely ever see anything growing under pine thickets so it can't be too bad.

    My question is.... Does it last very long and how much of a base to put down. And also how many cubic feet does it cover per bail on an average.

    Any help would be greatly appriciated..


    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    I go with 30-35 feet for new cover and 50 over old per bale. that works out to about 4 inches. Refresh each year.
    By the way, Copperheads love pine straw. Let your customers know that.
  3. smlavin

    smlavin LawnSite Member
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  4. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    I have used pinestraw on several clients in the past 4 yrs. It lasts most of the year and is good on slopes. It is difficult to clean up after trimming shrubs as alot of the straw comes out with the trimmings, so I try to trim the shrubs just before mulching. It seems to keep the weeds down a bit compared to regular mulch and I will spot spray for any weeds that do show up. Overall I like the look of it.

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