Advantages of Mulching With Pine Straws
Agricultural practitioners worldwide have in the recent years developed an habit of mulching in their farms for soil protection. In the process, there has been a noticeable increase of soil nutrients. Because of this, mulching has become a common and almost mandatory course of action in the cultivation of plants and crops. Mulch can be obtained from the remains of plants, leaves or grass and have varying effects on the soil. Mulch can also be made from pine straw and brings with some very interesting benefits,
The very first benefit of using mulch obtained from pine straw is the ease of sustainability. 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. Plants with roots that are too close to the soil surface are protected from extreme temperatures that would have otherwise affected them negatively. When it is raining, the rain drops hit the surface of a bare soil surface displacing soil particles. This type of erosion can be prevented by pine straw mulch that takes the impact of the raindrops. When the pine straw rots, it releases nutrients that are important for plants and also promotes the presence of micro organisms in the soil. This increases the level of oxygen in the soil that will facilitate faster growth of crops.
Pine straw is not displaced from planting beds like other mulch does.As a result the environment around the farm will look cleaner. Pine straw stays friable eliminating the need to include the addition of other mulch sources. Some types of mulch form crusts that make the process of farming very inconvenient; this does not occur when using pine straw mulches. 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. Using pine straw around the plants suffocate any weeds that might be developing underneath the surface. Wood mulches on the other hand actually encourage the growth of weeds.
The surface that the same amount of mulch can cover is way larger when pine straw is used compared to other. Therefore, pine straw mulch is less costly than other sources of mulch.