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Pine Straw in Cincinnati

If you’re looking for an alternative to mulch, consider using pine straw from Irvine Wood Recovery in your landscaping. Pine trees shed their needles annually. These are raked from the ground, cleaned, bundled, and sold as landscaping material. Sure, you can pick up what you need (maybe—if they have it) at a big box store, but can you count on quality and customer service when you get there? At Irvine Wood Recovery, we’re a locally-owned business that prides itself on:

Competitive Prices

Our on-site, quality-assured processes make it possible to offer a superior product at low prices while maintaining high-quality standards.

Unmatched Quality

Irvine Wood Recovery provides pine straw that is clean and nutrient-rich.


This is a natural product, not manufactured. Fallen pine needles that may otherwise go to waste are gathered and used in landscaping.

Questions About Pine Straw

Lightweight and easy to spread, this wood mulch alternative is ideal for flower beds or as ground cover. The light brown color complements almost any landscape and home style. To apply, we recommend spreading it around your landscaping about 2 to 3 inches deep. Just like wood mulch, don’t spread it all the way to the plant base or tree trunk—leave it about 2 or 3 inches away. Here are some more answers to questions you may have.

People often debate what’s better for plants. Both have pros and cons. Mulch is good for preventing weeds and improving drainage, but it doesn’t last as long. Pine straw is cheaper, provides nutrients to the soil, and breaks down over time. Your choice should depend on your specific needs. If you want longer-lasting protection, choose pine straw, but if you’re focused on weed prevention and drainage, mulch might be better for you.

Yes, but remember two things. First, it must be dry before mulching or it could rot. Second, use less mulch since the pine straw will take up some space.

Pine straw lasts longer than other types of mulch, usually between one to three years depending on the climate. In Cincinnati, it can sometimes last up to three years due to the moderate climate. When it’s time to replace it, don’t remove the older layer as it provides nutrients to the soil. Simply add the new material on top of the older layer.

To know how many bales you need for your yard, consider some factors like the yard size, soil condition, and area to cover. Usually, one bale covers 40-50 square feet with a 2-3 inch deep layer. However, to get an accurate estimate, it’s best to consult with the experts at Irvine Wood Recovery.

While it doesn’t necessarily attract snakes, it can provide them with a good hiding place if it is applied six inches or deeper. Keep in mind that thickly-applied pine straw can quickly become matted down, making it an ideal location for snakes to hide.

If you stick to laying the recommended 2-3 inches, you should not have any major issues with snakes in your landscaping. Alternatively, you can take steps to control the snake population on your property by eliminating potential food sources and providing them with fewer places to hide.

Yes! It contains an acidic substance that blocks sunlight and prevents weed seeds from germinating. It’s also an excellent choice for gardens and landscaping because it slowly breaks down, adding nutrients to the soil. This mulch alternative is affordable and eco-friendly, making it a top choice for weed control.

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