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Benefits of Using Pine Straw for Mulching
In an effort to protect the soil from the rain, many farmers have started practicing mulching. In the process, there has been a noticeable increase of soil nutrients.This is making mulching one of the best measures to take when indulging in agricultural cultivation of plants. Mulch can be made from plant remains or grass and will have different effects on the soil. There are many advantages that come with the use of pine straw for mulching.
The use of pine straw can be up held easily being the first advantage of using it as mulch. The mulch is obtained from the pine tree needles that are always dropping naturally.They are readily and constantly available making them a good choice for mulching all year round.
Pine straw mulch prevents the evaporation of soil moisture by insulating the soil from the sun. Mulch also maintains suitable temperatures for the roots that have developed too close to the surface of the ground. There is displacement of soil particles by rain drops hitting the surface of an uncovered ground. This type of erosion can be prevented by pine straw mulch that takes the impact of the raindrops. Pine straw also breaks down into organic matter that will trigger the presence of micro organisms and at the same time release nutrients for plants into the soil. This leads to better circulation of air in the soil ensuring the health of crops.
Pine straw is not displaced from planting beds like other mulch does. This ensures the area around the farm stays tidy. Unlike other types of mulch, it is not necessary to add other components into the mulch since it does not clench together. Negative side effects of other mulches such as formation of crusts do not occur with the use of pine straw mulch. Pine straw remains functional for longer periods of time since it decays at a lower speed to time ratio, eliminating the necessity for replacement.
Weeds compete for nutrients and air with the important crops that have been planted. If there is no course action taken to limit the growth of weeds, the plants own welfare is put at great peril. The use of pine straw mulch will crush any germinating weeds and prevent them from developing to an threatening levels of maturity. Wood mulch is a conflicting type of mulch that will facilitate the development of weeds.
Same amounts of pine straw cover bigger areas than other types of mulch. Therefore, pine straw mulch is less costly than other sources of mulch.