Understanding what makes quality pine straw is critical for ensuring that your yard or landscape looks its best. Although there are a number of factors that determine the quality of pine straw, the most important factor is when the pine straw is harvested from the forest floor.
The pine trees are shedding their needles right now coinciding with the leaf fall. When it initially falls it is that beautiful amber color that gives any landscape its optimal look. Once it falls to the forest floor, its slowly begins the decomposition process which is driven by natural sunlight and rain. With the natural decomposition process, the farther you get from December the more brown the product becomes.
The secret to having great looking pine straw is to outsmart mother nature and delay the natural decomposition process for just a few months for the benefit of your landscape. Harvest the pine straw from the forest floor in the winter while it is fresh and move it to a controlled environment that is fully protected from the sunlight and rain. Swift Straw has discovered that if removed from the elements, the pine straw will keep its beautiful color for months as long as it is safe and dry. The good news is that you don’t have to dust off your rake and head to the woods, we’ve got you covered.
Here is a quick video that shows a sneak peek at some of the pine straw that we are bagging right now that will be in over 350 Wal-Mart locations next spring. Since we are being proactive and bagging it now, it will keep that beautiful color throughout the spring and beyond. So remember that not all pine straw is created equal. Work with Swift Straw this year to outsmart mother nature and have the best looking landscape in the neighborhood.