Looking for a great looking alternative to rubber mulch? Artificial pine straw may be your new favorite straw product.
Although relatively inexpensive, traditional pine straw has always had its downsides. As some municipalities have found and others are investigating, natural pine straw can be very flammable. Although not a top concern for the average homeowners, 6 houses were destroyed in Raleigh in 2010 due to a fire that spread quickly through pine straw used in landscape beds. This prompted Raleigh to institute a pine straw ordinance prohibiting the use of pine straw in many common applications. Other agencies in numerous states are currently examining the drawbacks of using this material.
Besides the fire threat, pine straw does need annual replacement and is prone to need mid season raking to maintain its color and uniform depth.
There is a standout product in the pine needle arena. Artificial pine straw avoids the numerous drawbacks of using traditional pine straw as mulch or groundcover. It lasts for years, retains it color year after year, and provides the same weed control properties. Saving maintenance time and expense year after year.