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.