Pine Straw Tips & Uses

Tip: Plants that benefit from Pine Straw (Mulch)


There are several flowers that make a good match for soil treated with pine straw mulch. Brightly colored marigolds like pine needle mulch and also repel bad nematodes. Zinnias blossom quickly and are able to cope with intense heat and sunlight. They also come in a variety of colors and types, and they are easy to grow. Brilliant snapdragon is another flowering annual that pairs well with pine needle mulch. The list goes on and on!

Veggies and Herbs

Many vegetables and herbs thrive in pine needle mulch. Usually, vegetables prefer soil with a pH level of 6.5 to 7 and pine needle mulch helps create such these conditions. Both potatoes and garlic fare well in pine straw treated soil and garlic can grow in this mulch during mild winters. Many different varieties of onions, which like a lot of sun, also like soil treated with pine straw mulch.


Many berry bushes thrive with such soil conditions treated with pine needle mulch, making them ideal candidates for this natural means of enriching soil. Raspberry bushes, which need well-drained soil and moderate to full sun, do well with pine needle mulch. Also, blueberry bushes, which like lots of light and soil with excellent drainage, benefit from pine needle mulch. Sweet and delicious strawberries also pair well with pine needle mulch, as the pine straw treated soil helps them absorb nutrients.

Benefits of Pine Straw Landscaping

Instead of using harsh chemical products, try using pine needle mulch. This can benefits plants in many ways. Mulch prevents weed growth and helps soil retain water, keeping plants hydrated. Pine needle mulch, in particular, allows soil to breathe and doesn’t become dense and compacted. As it decomposes, pine needle mulch infuses soil with valuable nutrients like calcium, nitrogen and phosphorus. A layer of pine needle mulch also protects plants and soil during winter and from intense summer sun.

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