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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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Energy-Efficient Landscaping Tips


Sitting under a shade tree on a hot day makes you cooler, and standing by a wall on a cold, windy day makes you feel warmer. It seems pretty obvious. What’s less obvious is that you can landscape your yard to offer your home those same benefits. It just takes a bit of planning in the way you site trees, fences, and other elements.

  • A well-positioned tree can save up to 25 percent of your home’s energy for heating and cooling.
  • A tree-shaded yard can be up to 6 degrees cooler than a sunny yard. A shaded lawn can be up to 25 degrees cooler than sunny pavement.
  • Shading your home’s roof can increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by more than 10 percent.
  • A single shade tree equals the cooling power of 15 air conditioners — and it runs for free!
  • Three house-shading trees can cut your cooling bill by as much as half.
  • Windbreaks can cut winter heating bills by 10 to 30 percent.

Pay attention to the breeze and use fences or shrubs to help direct cooling breezes at your house. Likewise, help stop the sun from turning your home into an oven by planting large evergreen trees on the south or southwest side of your home. Decrease the effect of the humidity by planting drought-tolerant plants next to your home. Avoid siting thirsty plants next to your house; they’re better suited for other corners of your yard.

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Sod Replacement in Dothan, Alabama


Sod replacement  in your lawn is a bigger undertaking than most homeowners realize.  This process takes skill, knowledge and sometimes specialized equipment to ensure a quality look.  Do it Right Lawn Care is well equipped to handle any size yard from garden homes to commercial properties.

This landscaping contract required removal of older centipede grass that was dieing in large areas.  There was ample shade from trees in the back yard, and damage from high traffic pet use.  The best solution to this Dothan, Alabama yard was a specific type of grass called Bermuda.

The Do it Right Lawn Care staff started off by using a Bob Cat to level off and prep the site for new sod.  Once the soil was graded properly for water runoff from the house, we brought in the seven pallets of sod needed.  Our four member team went to work laying the sod in the proper placement pattern to ensure maximum growth.

 

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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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