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. Different mulch made from plants leaves and grass has a range of side effects on the soil. Mulch that is made from the straw of pine causes some very good benefits.
The first benefit a farmer that uses pine straw on the farm is the fact that pine straw mulch is very sustainable. 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 protects the soil from drying up by limiting loss of moisture though evaporation. Mulch also maintains suitable temperatures for the roots that have developed too close to the surface of the ground. 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 leads to better circulation of air in the soil ensuring the health of crops.
Pine straw mulch is easy to manage since it does not wash out of beds like wood 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. It is easier to maintain since it breaks down at slow rate and therefore won’t need to be replaced frequently. Pine straw decomposes at slow rate hence will be effective for longer periods of time making it easier to maintain.
The cultivated soil around crops provides a good medium for the germination of unwanted that utilize the resources meant for the crops. If the threat is not eliminated, the health of the crops deteriorates. Using pine straw around the plants suffocate any weeds that might be developing underneath the surface. Some types of mulch such as wood mulch contribute to the growth of weeds.
Pine straw can be applied at a bigger ground surface than other types of mulch. Therefore, pine straw mulch is less costly than other sources of mulch.