Commercial landscaping in Raleigh is taking an increasingly green, local turn. As such, many businesses are looking to use native, organic matter in lieu of dye laden mulches. One product that a lot of eco-friendly businesses ask our commercial landscaping team about is pine straw. Harvested from North Carolina’s forests, the bales are typically composed of several species of long pine needles. The list of species includes, but doesn’t end with slash, loblolly and longleaf.
Native Pine Straw Pros
There are many advantages to utilizing native pine straw in commercial landscaping projects throughout North Carolina. For starters, the needles are perfect for keeping the ground moist during those all too familiar periods of drought. They also tend to be lightweight and on the acidic side. Consequently, it’s easy to install, prevents weed growth, deters rodents and helps improve alkaline soil over time.
In addition, because pine straw needles tend to get entangled with one another and remain flexible, it helps insulate the plants from hard rains, wind erosion and cold snaps. Plus, it’s less likely to float away during stormwater runoff situations and incidents of irrigation overspray. So, there is traditionally less waste with pine straw than some other popular forms of mulch.
Native Pine Straw Cons
On the downside, pine straw does not hold its inherent red color or last year round. After prolonged exposure to the elements, it will discolor and decompose. As such, it must be replenished often during the summer months when the UV rays are at their worst. The frequency will obviously vary based on the amount of light the area receives throughout the day. The good news is native pine straw bales are not very costly or hard to obtain.
To learn more about incorporating native pine straw into your next commercial landscaping project, please contact us. At Long Brothers Landscaping, our team is experienced at installing a variety of mulch beds, including those that rely on native pine straw.