Use Pine Straw as Mulch—Because it’s a renewable resource—“mulch manna from heaven.” Pine needles remain loose and don’t form a hard crust as bark mulches do. Then rain can soak into the soil, reducing runoff. Also, it breaks down slower than wood mulch and doesn’t wash out of beds. Best of all, it’s lightweight and much easier on your back muscles.
For new beds, three inches, which settle into one and a half inches, is recommended. Then one inch topdressing is usually needed annually.
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