The leaves have all fallen, nothing is flowering except the pansies and camellia sasanquas, and the spring bulbs (daffodils, tulips, etc.) have not yet emerged. What is a homeowner to do at this time to freshen up their landscape? The answer is simple: pinestraw.
The winter is the best time of the year to install pinestraw. The previous years’ pinestraw usually looks its worst in the early winter and is ready to be covered with a fresh coating of new pinestraw. During the process of leaf blowing, much of the old pinestraw gets blown away and what remains usually has turned an unattractive gray color due to the intense sun of the previous summer.
Also, by this time all of the hardwood leaves should have fallen and been cleaned up, so pinestraw will remain fresh-looking for an extended period of time. (Note: never put down pinestraw before the leaves have fallen, say in October).
For those of you with a lot of spring bulbs such as tulips and daffodils, it is a good idea to put the pinestraw down before they emerge and get too tall. Emerging bulbs can easily be trampled and covered up by new pinestraw but will grow through the pinestraw if it is put down first.
There are a few different types of pinestraw. The most common type is known as slash and is usually readily available. Long-needle pinestraw is a premium quality pinestraw with a very attractive appearance. However, it usually costs about $1 more per bale and is not available at all times of the year. If available, it is worth the extra cost.
So, pinestraw is the perfect solution to freshen up your landscape and early winter is the perfect time to do so. Contact us and we can provide you with an estimate to meet your pinestraw needs!