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Unformatted text preview: Mulching With Pine Straw Mulching with pine straw, commonly referred to as pine mulch, is one of the best ways to keep weeds out of your landscape garden. Pine mulch itself will not stop weeds from germinating, but it serves as an excellent barrier between the weeds and the outside world above. This barrier keeps the weeds from germinating and ever reaching the surface. As the pine straw mulch naturally goes through decomposition, it also adds valuable organic nutrients to the soil. Pine needles help to acidify the soil as they break down which makes a superior environment for acid-loving plants, trees and shrubs. Although pine straw in itself is slightly acidic, as it breaks down it becomes less acidic over time and has no real negative effect on soil acidity or plant health. Pine mulch provides an extra layer, or buffer, to reduce compaction on the soil below. Pine straw is used most commonly in the southern most states and sometimes can be found in other areas of the United States. It is the actual pine needle of the pine tree, cleaned, dried, and other areas of the United States....
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2010 for the course AGR 412 taught by Professor Turnkey during the Spring '10 term at DeVry Chicago.
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