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Old 03-17-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Has anyone noticed a good price on pine straw bales locally (in the west wake area)? Lowe's was $3.79, I was hoping to find it cheaper than that!
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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lowes and homedepot are going to have it for the cheapest. I've checked around last year and garden centers and nursery's sell it for a buck more.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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Let me know if anyone finds some clean fresh pine straw around town. I mean "clean" as in no cones or sticks or matting. I don't mind spending a little more
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Let me know if anyone finds some clean fresh pine straw around town. I mean "clean" as in no cones or sticks or matting. I don't mind spending a little more
I don't understand comparison pricing of pine straw bales. The size, weight and quality is all over the map. These folks deliver and consistently sell the best quality bales I've seen. They will cost more ... go figure.

Pine Straw Delivery and Spreading Services; Raleigh & Charlotte NC

Frank
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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Actually, I have found that Lowes pine straw bales are good. The pine straw is relatively clean and the it is sourced from North Carolina providers (not from Florida.) And if you have not yet applied for the 10% discount from Lowes - https://www.lowesmoving.com/register/step1.asp , you can then get bales for under $3.50.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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I guess the difference in the pricing has something to do with where the pine is from and the length of the needles. Both places I called quoted me short and long LEAF.

I sent DH with a $3.50 per bale coupon to Home & Garden in Apex on 55 and he came back with long "leaf" at $4.75 (or something like that) a bale saying the $3.50 short needle stuff was inferior. It will break down more quickly too.

It does look good indeed!

So not all pine straw is created equal and be sure you are pricing "apples to apples".
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Hm..I never knew. I have never bought pine straw before (I'm highly allergic to yard work) but decided this year that I need some to cover up a natural area that has gone "bare". I guess I'll spend some more time looking into my options.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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Hm..I never knew. I have never bought pine straw before (I'm highly allergic to yard work) but decided this year that I need some to cover up a natural area that has gone "bare". I guess I'll spend some more time looking into my options.
you may want to consider mini pine bark nuggetts from Walmart at $2.51 a bag - looks good and is better than pine straw if just covering a bare patch
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:28 AM
 
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I heard pine straw was a fire hazard around here, and someone told me not to buy it.

But I'm not sure if it's a problem unless there's a lack of rain for long periods of time.

I think there are other choices that are more expensive but less troublesome in case there's a problem with lack of rainfall during the summer months.
best,
toodie
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Many of the plants indigenous to NC that we plant in our yards benefit from the acid from the pine straw. I have been gardening all of my life, and I have never had a problem with the straw catching afire in the yard. Perhaps in the weather conditions -- as dry as it was a few years back -- it is a risk, but I would surmise most straw going up in a blaze would be because someone has been careless and tossed out a cigarette butt? That, and people tend to think of mulch as something to 'neaten up' a bed, and overlook its real purpose, which is to help the ground retain moisture.

You should also try to alternate your mulch(es), and put more of it down than what you might think, initially. A blanket of 4-6" of the triple-chopped bark is best, followed the next time with the straw, and then the mulch again. You can also use newspapers -- the newsprint paper, not the glossies -- as a blanket under the mulch to control weeds. With enough mulch, you really should not have a problem with weeds, and your plants should be able to survive a bit of a dry spell.

I put straw out twice a year -- Fall and Spring -- and alternate with the other mulches, annually. You can also use the grass clippings, but you need to let the clippings dry before you spread them, or you may introduce mold, and I wouldn't use my grass clippings if your lawn is weed-loaded, or they will 'seed' themselves in the bed.
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