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        Pine Straw Mulch Advantages

Customers of Southern Pine Straw Mulch quickly realize some key advantages of pine straw mulch during their first year application:

  • Never leaves dirty residue or unpleasant odor.
  • Lightweight, easily rolled bales reduce labor.
  • 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.

View Department Publication 805-111 for the complete report by Dr. Eric L. Taylor, Extension Specialist, and Jay Tate, Extension Associate, Department of Forest Science, Texas A&M University.