Frequently Asked Questions
What is pine straw?
Pine straw is the naturally shed leaves
("needles") of pine trees.
Where do you ship?
We ship anywhere in the U.S.
I need a large quantity for an environmental remediation,
environmental restoration, or an erosion control project.
Do you ship large quantities?
We do. Click
HERE for our
environmental page. We can ship any
quantity and have various discounts and shipping options
I need a small quantity for my bird houses
Do you sell in smaller quantities?
We do. Click
HERE for our bird nest, bird
house and craft sized boxes.
The shipping cost seems a little high. Are you
folks making extra money on the shipping?
No we aren't. All of the shipping companies now charge based
on the size of a package as well as the weight of it. Although
pine straw is
not really heavy, it is bulky. Our pine straw bales
are compressed for shipping, but we are still charged close to a
50 pound flat rate
shipping charge due to size. We charge
you what we get charged.
However, you will find that even with
the shipping charges what they
are, we can ship pine straw right
to your door at prices that are very
competitive with other
Can we pickup at your facility to avoid shipping costs?
Yes you can. We offer additional discounts for local pick
can also deliver locally for a small fee. If you decide to pick up,
please call us in advance so we can set your product aside for
you. During certain times of the year, our inventory fluctuates
heavily and can get low. We want to make sure you don't waste a
trip. We also will need to give you directions to our storage facility,
which is separate from our main office.
What type and size of pine straw do you sell?
We sell slash pine straw. The needle length
averages about 9 inches.
This needle size makes the pine straw easy to apply and shape, as
well as an ideal mulch. This size needle is the optimum for allowing
the soil to breathe well while allowing excellent water infiltration.
Where can I find more information on pine straw?
The Texas Cooperative Extension service, a part of the
University System, published a brochure titled: Pine Straw as a
Ground Cover Mulch. You can download it
HERE for free.
If you have
trouble downloading it,
let us know and we'll send you one
Pine Straw Direct owner Scott Jacobs has also authored an article on how
pine straw outperforms other mulches. You can download it
I heard pine straw is acidic and will make my soil
acidic and is only good for acid loving plants?
This is a myth. Any plant that can be grown with other mulches
can be grown with pinestraw as a mulch.
Here's why: pine straw in
itself is slightly acidic,
but only at the acidity level of normal rain
water. The majority of all plants (ornamental, flowering, vegetables,
etc.) require a slightly acidic soil for maximum nutrient uptake from
the soil. Testing shows pine straw is right in that perfect range of
acidity for maximum nutrient uptake . Scott Jacobs with Pine
Straw Info (www.PineStrawInfo.com) performed extensive testing
on pine straw acidity.
HERE to read
his report titled:
Straw (Pine Needle) Mulch Acidity: Separating Fact From
Fiction Through Analytical Testing
How thick should I lay my pine straw mulch?
2.5 to 3 inches is good,
but some people like it 5 to 6 inches deep.
How many square feet does a bale cover?
Each of our bales cover about 120 square
feet at 2.5 inches thick
or 100 square feet at 3 inches thick.
How big are your bales?
Each of our bales are compressed and are
about 18 inches in
diameter, about 28 inches tall, and weigh about 40 pounds.
This size is about the largest bale you can buy.
How many pine straw bales should I order?
here to use our online
calculator to help you decide.
How do I apply my pine straw mulch?
Each pine straw bale is compressed for shipping. After removing
shipping box, simply unroll the pine straw bale, grab handfuls of the
and shake and scatter loosely to achieve the recommended coverage. If
spread correctly, the pine straw should be very loose and fluffy. Click
Pine Straw Mulch Spreading
link to see our video.
It is very windy where I live. Will my pine straw blow away?
Once it is properly applied, it will withstand high
winds. You can see some
HERE showing our pine straw before and after Hurricane
properly apply your pine straw, shake and scatter loosely to achieve the
recommended coverage. If spread correctly, the pine straw should be very
loose and fluffy. Then, water in well which will create an even pine
How long does pine straw last?
Pine straw breaks down slowly, but like
other mulches, it will need
to be refreshed occasionally, both for depth and for fresh color.
When you need to refresh it, you will need much less than when
applying for the first time. Once or twice a year, take a small amount
and lightly sprinkle a thin layer on top of your older pine straw, or on
top of any other mulch you currently have.
Can I store my pine straw?
Yes. If kept dry and out of direct
sunlight, pine straw can be
stored for several years.
CLICK HERE to see how nice some
straw looks after being stored for three years.
I'm a landscaper. I heard this can save me time and
money. Is that true?
If you are not already familiar with pine straw mulch, it has been
used extensively in gardening and landscaping along the southern
Gulf Coast and East Coast for as long as 25 years. It is very
lightweight and easier to spread than most mulches. One of our
round bales weighs about 40 pounds and covers about 120 square
feet at about 2.5 inches thick. To spread it, you just roll the bale to
the area you wish to cover, cut the twine, and grab handfuls of the
pine straw and shake it into a nice fluffy layer. Once you water it in
(or it rains), it will settle to a nice even mat of intertwined needles
that won't float or wash away easily. It is the best mulch for
erosion control. As you know, many homes that do not have rain
gutters have the landscaping around them torn up after every rain.
Rain easily infiltrates pine straw and evenly disperses the water,
without floating out of the flower beds. Pine straw breathes better
and doesn't compact like some other mulches. It does not attract
termites. It's natural, organic, and sustainably produced, and like
other mulches, it adds organic material and nutrients to the soil,
reduces weeds, and saves water. Best of all, due to its light weight
and ease of application, it will save you and your company both
time and money, all at a competitive price. Let us ship straight to
your customer's door so your mulch is ready and waiting when
your crew arrives.
When will my order ship?
Your order will normally be shipped within one day. Since we bale
and ship your pine straw fresh, short delays in baling and shipping
can occur due to unseasonable amounts of rain, etc. This is
necessary in order to ensure a fresh and relatively dry product
so you receive the full quantity we advertise. You will be notified of
any delay longer than one week. Please allow up to two weeks
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