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Pine Straw Mulch

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Our Pine Straw comes in bales of 0.3 cubic yards.  These are heavier, cleaner, long pine needles that are sourced locally in Eastern North Carolina.

That’s coverage for approximately 6 x 6 feet at a depth of 3 inches.

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What are the Benefits of Pine Straw?

Effective Ground Cover

Pine straw is increasingly being used by homeowners as soil cover mulch to landscape around trees and in flower beds. Although popularity has increased relatively recently in other states across the US, Eastern North Carolina has long made use of pine needles as garden mulch and compost for plants. Pine needles are also a popular ground cover that is used as a decorative mulch on lawns and at the base of shrubs in many areas across the nation. Similar to other mulch, straw can help protect soil from extreme temperatures, water loss, and eroding by wind, rain, and heat.


It’s lighter than wood mulch or bark, which can make it a lot easier to transport and install. For wood mulch or gravel, there’s no way you’re going to get enough for your project without having a larger truck or dump truck delivery for the gravel. And if you’re looking to get wood mulch to your home, your small truck may or may not do the trick. You may require a larger truck to haul the mulch to your home or work site.

Spreading Is Easy!

Perhaps this could be under the “lightweight” category, but let’s be real – this is important enough to be in its own category.

ANYBODY can use pine straw around their plants or spread the needles in various areas across their property. Just get an adequate number of bales to have enough straw to cover your landscape. Once you have your straw ready to go (no truck necessary), simply grab handfuls and spread the needles around to the desired depth and coverage!

You won’t even need a shovel or big muscles!

Better Drainage Than Other Mulches

The thin needles provide better drainage and don’t contribute to soil compaction as easily as bark mulch, making it a better choice for areas that are prone to flooding or have heavy rains. Sure, it can wash away, but it’s just not as prone to that as other mulches.


This is one of the most affordable mulches available, especially if you’re buying our wholesale mulch or you’re one of our beloved landscapers. Even if you’re not in the area to buy it, if you have a pine tree on your property, you may be able to rake up the needles for a free source of mulch and compost.

As mentioned above, needles don’t compact as much as wood mulch. That means it doesn’t get pushed around by water very much either, so it’s inexpensive both because it’s cheaper to acquire and because it isn’t as affected by water erosion as wood mulch.

However, keep in mind that because it’s so light, the needles can be blown around by wind much more readily than a more dense mulch like wood.


Pine straw is a natural product that comes from pine trees, so it is environmentally friendly. It is also biodegradable, so it will eventually break down and add nutrients to the soil – especially helpful for acid loving plants. Our mulch is long-lasting and does a great job of controlling weeds in your landscape beds.

The local pine trees in the Southeastern United States that lead to our long needle pine straw are of two species: the longleaf and loblolly pine (pinus palustris and pinus taeda).

Read more about the pros and cons of pine straw here.


How Long Does Pine Straw Mulch Last?

It will typically remain in good condition for about six months before it starts to break down. However, it will last much longer if you keep it dry and out of direct sunlight.

Are These Fresh Pine Needles from Live Pine Trees?

No! These are high-quality, dried needles that have dropped to the forest floor.

Is Pine Straw Better Than Other Mulches?

When it comes to choosing between pine needle straw and traditional mulch, there’s no clear winner because it depends on your priorities. Here are a few pros and cons of using dried pine needles on your projects…

Pro: It can last longer than other types of mulch, so you won’t need to replace it as often.

Con: While it helps to suppress weeds, it’s not as effective at it as a more compact mulch.

Pro: Unlike some other types of mulch, pine straw doesn’t attract termites or other pests.

Con: It can hide bugs very well.

For the best of both worlds, try using both!

When Is the Best Time to Put Down Mulch?

The best time to lay down straw mulch is in early spring and/or fall; summer and winter are not ideal times.

Should You Put It In Your Garden?

The choice is up to you, but straw can make a great ground cover in your garden. It can help keep the weeds from gaining a foothold, and it’s a great insulator for regulating the temperature of the soil while allowing adequate water to reach the roots of your precious plants.

How Much Should I Use?

For maximum effectiveness, you’ll want to lay your pine straw in a 2-4 inch layer. Be sure to pull any weeds before you spread it though!

We’re Your Local Eastern North Carolina Pine Straw & Mulch Distributors!

Now that you’re convinced this is a great addition to your home, garden, and landscaping projects, the next steps are clear.

Whether you’re looking for ground cover, garden mulch, weed preventer, something to spread at the base of your trees, or to just tidy up your landscape, you can grab a bale or two of our top quality, dried pine needles, sustainably harvested from forest floor where they’ve fallen.

Note: we do offer delivery, but it’s not feasible to ship a single bale – or even a couple of bales. For it to be worth your money, you can either pick it up, or they can be sold wholesale and we can deliver as many bales as you need.


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