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FAQs About Longleaf Pine Straw at Mountain Creek Tree Farm Located in Concord, Ohio.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is pine straw mulch?

Pine straw is a pine needle that has fallen from a pine tree. Pine needles are used in flower beds as a ground cover for landscaping. pine straw helps insulate the soil from temperature fluctuations and will not move with heavy rains. pine straw is excellent on hills and slopes because the needles interlock after spreading and keep the pine straw from moving. pine straw is also referred to as Pine Needle Mulch and does not exhibit all of the problems of a hardwood mulch.

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What type of shrubs, plants, or flowers grow well with pine straw?

A wide variety of plants thrive with pine straw mulch, including azaleas, camellias, hostas, ferns, hydrangea, magnolias, coleus, rhododendrons, snapdragons, cineraria, bleeding heart, geranium, lily of the valley, rose of sharon, rhodies, hellebores, astilbe, strawberries, blueberries, and choke cherry. Because this is not an exhaustive list, please consult your local professional for answers to questions about specific plants not named here.

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How deep should a pine straw application be?

Pine straw should be spread 3 inches deep on the ground surface. You will receive the pine straw in bales, the pine straw should be taken from the bale in handfuls and shaken over desired area so that it is distributed in a loose, fluffy manner. While this is a bit time consuming, it will achieve two very important objectives, providing a very attractive ground cover and yielding the correct square footage from each bale. Applying the straw in a clumpy fashion will result in a much less attractive look and will cover a smaller area. All of the figures on our web site are calculated at a three inch depth. A three inch depth is needed to ensure proper looks and weed control. In an attempt to appear more competitive, companies selling pine straw on the internet will calculate the depth at 2.5 inches, or worse, not even list a depth at all. This is an attempt to mislead with the overall amount of pine straw they are actually selling. 120 square feet of pine straw at a 3 inch depth is the same as 160 square feet of pine straw at 2 inches.

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Does pine straw help protect against the cold weather?

Yes. Placing pine straw around the base of trees or other plants is very effective in protecting their root systems from the cold. If you are trying to protect a small tree, make a pine straw bed about three inches deep and two feet in diameter around its base. If you live in a very cold climate, the depth of the straw bed should be about six inches.

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Does pine straw help control weeds?

Yes. At a depth of about three inches, pine straw ground cover can be an effective method of weed control. The deeper the pine straw is applied, the better the weed control. One way that pine straw helps to control weeds is by blocking the light so that it does not get to the infant weeds and without light, weeds have a hard time surviving.

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How often should pine straw be applied?

If the straw is being used to protect plants and add to the soil, it should be applied annually. If it is being used for decorative purposes, it should be applied twice a year. Most of our customers put out their straw in the spring and again before the onset of winter.

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Can you tell me about pine straw and soil acid levels?

Pine straw has an acidic level of 6.0 - 6.5. The pine straw acid level is equivalent to rain water. This is perfect for most plants.

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Can my pine straw be stored in the garage?

Yes, if you order your pine straw and decide that you want to use it at a later date, just keep the bales in a dry, cool place and the pine straw should be fine.

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Will pine straw stay in place with high wind?

Yes, pine straw will stay in place very well with high winds. The longer the pine needle, the better the pine needle will stay in place. If you have a place that has very high winds, you need to go with the Longleaf pine needle. pine straw also works well on hills and will not wash away when the rain comes. pine straw will work very well around the swimming pool. The long needles will stay in place with the winds and foot traffic.

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What type of pine straw can be walked on?

Any type of pine straw can be walked on. Dogs and other animals can walk on pine straw without any problems. We recommend the Longleaf pine straw if you are putting the pine straw in a high traffic area with pets.

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Will pine straw attract termites?

No. Termites do not like pine straw. You can put pine straw in your yard without the fear of termites that comes with most hard woods.

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Where do you deliver to?

Delivery is based on availability, size of the order or pre-set agreement.

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Can you tell me about the square feet per bale?

Each bale of pine straw will cover 50 square feet at 3 inches deep. The thicker the straw, the less square footage each bale will cover. You cannot determine the square feet covered by weight alone, this is a common misconception that beginners make. The reason for this is that weight is mainly determined by moisture levels. Plus, it is common knowledge that any pine straw that contains an excessive amount of dirt, sticks, and moisture will weigh more than a clean, dry bale of pine straw.

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Can I place pine straw over the top of pine bark?

Yes, if you place pine bark on the ground, you can then place pine straw on top of the pine bark. Some of our customers do this because they love the look of the pine straw over the top of the pine bark. You can also place the pine straw at a depth of 2 inches because the bark helps control weeds along with the pine straw.

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Does pines Straw help prevent "shotgun" fungus?

Yes. "Shotgun" fungus (Sphaerobolus stellatus) is becoming more common in the US. pine straw is great at helping to prevent the spread of shotgun fungus. Because hardwood mulch is the food source of the fungus, completely removing the hardwood mulch is the first step to getting rid of the fungus. When the infected hard wood mulch is removed completely, the black spots should stop appearing on the side of the house. The second step is to apply pine straw in a very thick manner to the desired area. We recommend that you use either our Longleaf pine straw (14" needle) and leave a 3 inch gap between the pine straw and any permanent structure. Remove old pine straw and apply pine straw mulch on a yearly basis.

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What forms of payment do you take?

We take Cash, Checks, MasterCard and Visa.

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Can pine straw be eaten?

Yes, we actually get this question quite often. We have never heard of anyone getting sick from the ingestion of pine straw but we do not recommend that you ingest our products in any way, shape or form. Pets usually won't eat pine straw, unless you have a dog that likes to go around eating large piles of leaves, you should not worry about your pet.

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What is the weight of each bale of pine straw?

On average a bale of our pine straw weighs about 20 pounds. This size and weight makes it easy to move and spread around your yard.

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Can the bales be stored outside?

Yes, but we recommend storing under plastic to preserve the bales for spreading.

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Who do you deliver to?

We sell our pine straw to private homes, golf courses, landscape firms, private estates, and garden centers.

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