Friday, May 16, 2014

Trying pine straw in the hosta beds

In the Southern states it's pretty common to use pine straw as mulch.  So I thought I would give it a try in my hosta beds this year.  I think the pine straw will keep the slugs out of the hosta beds.  Pine straw is pretty hard to find in this area.  I actually had to order mine, which didn't make my Fed Ex driver very happy.  It was much easier to spread around than bark mulch I usually put down.  I am just wondering how well it will stay down in fall when having to rake leaves out of the beds.  I'll keep you updated.


Anonymous said...

Did you get this in the big 40-plus-pound bales?

I looked into it, but the shipping was practically as much as the product, so I never pulled the trigger.

It looks nice, so I'll be interested to see how it goes for you. I've heard that there is a place in Madison that deals in it, but I haven't tried to track them down.


Hosta Nerd said...

I bought it by the box full. The shipping was not as high as the bales.

Anonymous said...

Your post made me go back and do some more research.

Seems that The Bruce Company in Madison might be a source. Haven't talked to them, though.

But, I've found a few discussions that complain of too much susceptibility to blowing around and not staying in the beds. It'll be good to see how it goes for you.


Hosta Nerd said...

So far they have been staying put. They seem to weave together and make a big mat. However we'll see what happens after a whole summer.

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