Pine needles are preferred by many gardeners because they are a natural, readily available and inexpensive way to mulch garden plants, and we agree!
Adding mulch to your plants helps to contain soil erosion, retains moisture in the soil and provides a steady supply of valuable nutrients to the plants as the needles decompose. Pine straw is one of the most desired natural organic landscape mulches.
Pine mulch is available in most garden centers or wholesale in bulk from local or online companies. Pine straw boasts numerous benefits including the prevention of topsoil loss due to wind and water erosion, reduction of damage from trimmers or mowers, improving soil fertility, reducing weed growth, stabilizing soil temperature fluctuations and improving soil health. Here is a short guide listing some of the popular plants that especially love pine mulch.
Blueberries prefer acid soils with a pH level of about 4.5 (soils with a pH of 7 or less is considered acidic). Pine straw spread around the base of blueberry plants helps them maintain a proper pH value as the mulch gradually decomposes.
Broad-leafed hostas, also acid-loving plants, do well with a thick layer of pine needles spread around the base of each plant. Not only will the mulch keep the soil moist, but it will also provide a pleasing contrast to the lush blue-greens, greens and yellow-golds of different hosta varieties.
Because annuals mature and bloom relatively quickly during the growing season, pH levels in soil aren't as critical to them. Pansies, zinnias, snapdragons, dahlias and marigolds respond well when mulched with pine needles, especially since pine straw is light enough for young annual plants or bulbs to push through as they grow toward the sun.
Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias
The vivid pinks, reds, whites and oranges of azalea and rhododendron shrubs add a dramatic beauty to any garden. These largely evergreen shrubs thrive in damp, acid soils. Mulching with pine needles ensures proper pH soil levels for azaleas and rhododendrons throughout the growing season. Camellia growers in the Gulf States of the United States spread pine needle mulch around their prize-winning camellia shrubs not only for soil nutrition and temperature maintenance, but also for aesthetic reasons.
“Flowering perennials such as daylilies, Shasta daisies, coreopsis and canna lilies grow well when mulched with pine needles. Pine straw also prevents mud from spattering on plants after a heavy rainfall.” (Source: GardenGuides.com.)
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