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Pine Straw Mulch Advantages


As the name implies, pine straw comes from pine trees, which shed their needles throughout the year. Once the needles drop to the ground, they are hand-raked, cleaned and baled without the need to cut down or harm the trees. This makes pine straw a very environmentally friendly choice for a landscaping and mulching material.

When applied correctly, pine straw prevents evaporation of water from the soil, reduces the growth of weeds, and helps to prevent soil compaction and erosion. Pine straw also protects plants from freezing conditions, helping keep the soil around the plants at a stable temperature. This is important for newer plants and those with shallow root systems. Plus, pine straw will improve the soil structure as it decays.

Types of pine straw can vary by region, and coverage will depend on the type, bale size, and application depth.

Some key advantages of pine straw mulch during their first year application:

  • Never leaves dirty residue or unpleasant odor.
  • Retains all natural, auburn color throughout the season and brightens up after a rainfall.
  • Less erosion from slopes and banks during rainfall.
  • Minimizes occurrence of molds, fungus, insects and rodents.
  • Retains essential moisture without becoming soggy or muddy.

An independent study at Texas A&M University by the Educational programs of Texas Cooperative Extension found a variety of pine straw mulch physical properties give it advantages over other organic mulches:

  • Stability – Pine needles interlock and hold together during hard rains, heavy winds, and even on landscapes with considerable slope.
  • Porosity – Pine straw remains loose and friable and does not form a top crust like grass clippings, leaves, and some wood mulches.
  • Weed Control – Pine straw mulch greatly reduces weed control efforts as wood mulches have a higher tendency to import weed seed in an ideal seedbed for germination.
  • Visual Appeal – The fine texture and uniform color of pine straw is simply more aesthetically pleasing to some users. Added annually, it gives landscapes a fresh clean and renewed appearance.
  • Longevity- Pine straw breaks down more slowly than wood mulch, so it needs to be re-applied less often or in less thickness after initial application.
  • Lightweight – Pine straw is easily handled because of its lightweight.

 

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Water the plants you want, not the weeds you’ve got


Tips for watering your plants
– Partial Content By: Barbara Pleasant

Put drought on your side by depriving weeds of water. Placing drip or soaker hoses beneath mulch efficiently irrigates plants while leaving nearby weeds thirsty. In most climates, depriving weeds of water reduces weed-seed germination by 50 to 70 percent. Watch out, though, for the appearance of deeply rooted perennial weeds, such as bindweed and nutsedge, in areas that are kept moist. They can take off in a flash when given the benefits of drip irrigation.

Beyond these strategies, enriching your soil with organic matter every chance you get can move your garden along down the weed-free path. Soil scientists aren’t sure how it works, but fewer weed seeds germinate in soil that contains fresh infusions of good compost or organic matter. One theory makes elegantly simple sense: When soil is healthy and well fed, weed seeds sense that they are out of a job and are less likely to appear.

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Control Broadleaf Weeds


A well maintained lawn is an integral part of an attractive home landscape. Unfortunately, dandelion, plantain, and other perennial broadleaf weeds can become problems. When broadleaf weeds invade lawns, mechanical and chemical measures can be undertaken to remove or destroy the weeds.

In small areas, some weeds can be controlled by pulling and digging. This method is best accomplished after a good rain or deep watering. Unfortunately, pulling and digging is often ineffective on deep-rooted weeds.

In many situations, herbicides are the only practical method of weed control. Effective broadleaf herbicides include 2,4-D, MCPP, MCPA, dicamba, and triclopyr. The most effective broadleaf herbicide products contain a mixture of 2 or 3 of these herbicides as no single compound will control all broadleaf weeds.

Fall (mid-September through October) is the best time to control perennial broadleaf weeds in the lawn with broadleaf herbicides. In fall, perennial broadleaf weeds are transporting food (carbohydrates) from their foliage to their roots in preparation for winter. Broadleaf herbicides applied in fall will be absorbed by the broadleaf weed’s foliage and transported to the roots along with the carbohydrates, resulting in the destruction of the broadleaf weeds.

Broadleaf herbicides are important tools in controlling weeds in the lawn. However, good cultural practices are also important. Proper mowing, fertilization, and other sound management practices should produce a thick, healthy lawn. A dense stand of grass provides few opportunities for unwanted weeds. Good cultural practices, along with an occasional application of a broadleaf herbicide, should effectively control most broadleaf weeds in the lawn.

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Eagle Eye Outfitters


Do It Right Lawn Care in Dothan, AL was contracted by Eagle Eye Outfitters to do the landscaping at their new location. We installed a new irrigation system and covered everything with new sod. Once the new plants and trees were in place we were able to add the finishing touch with a fresh layer of pine straw. We are very please with the results.

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Flower Beds at Logan’s Roadhouse


Do It Right Lawn Care in Dothan, AL was contracted by Logan’s Roadhouse to maintain their property.  We are going into the 3rd year maintaining this property.  We service everything from cutting grass to landscaping for Logan’s Roadhouse.

Fall season is in full swing in southern Alabama and Logan’s needed a little color added at the entrance to their restaurant to make the entrance more appealing.  We started off by installing fresh mulch and resetting the edging for a fresh look then we added a few slats of pansy to finish it off.

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