Textraw Pine Needle


Standard Pine Needle

Textraw Pine Needle


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Throughout the South, pine needles are used as ground cover. When pine needles decompose in the garden, they provide virtually no nutrients to the soil; but they provide shade, insulate root systems, retain moisture as well as being very attractive.  Because pine needles decompose quickly, they lose their color and volume within a few months.  In most cases, typical maintenance calls for adding straw every three to six months [topdressing] to maintain volume and color.  Within a few months, the base straw becomes matted and spongy.  Rather than transmit rainfall to the soil and plant roots, this layer of material absorbs and traps moisture. 

Insects, especially ants, cockroaches and termites, are attracted to dark and moist environments.  Most natural garden mulches are laid down in beds around the foundations of homes.  Homeowners work hard to keep insects out and unwittingly create an attractive environment for them right at the entrance of their homes.  Since pine straw is harvested and baled right of the forest floor, everything on the forest floor is in the package:

  • weed and grass seed

  • sticks, cones, leaves and twigs

  • spiders, mites and other critters

  • mold spores and mildew

Pine Needles that fall in the Spring months are reddish brown and Fall month needles are a lighter yellowish brown.  Across the country, good, fresh pine straw is in short supply.  Whether it is immediately harvested and baled or awaiting to be harvested, pine needle begins to decompose immediately, losing its color over a period of 6 months, first turning a dull brown and then a bleached gray.

In preparing beds and border areas for Pine Needles, landscapers typically remove all material down to the soil base, then treat the soil with "Pre-Emerge" or another herbicide to prevent weed and grass seeds from germinating.  This is a costly, labor-intensive procedure.  Why spread bales of needles, which contain untreated weed and grass seeds, mold and mildew, and all the critters the landscaper worked to clear out?

As debris fall into beds, normally pine needle is "fluffed", or turned.  The leaves are turned under, where they decompose into the soil.  It's difficult to fluff old, matted pine needle, because it crumbles.

The Textraw Advantage



Textraw Pine Needle contains ultraviolet inhibitors to keep its color from fading due to sunlight.  We have tested it in an accelerated weather meter to the equivalent of 4 years outdoor exposure in South Florida without significant color loss.  Surface fibers are more exposed to these UV rays.  So fluffing not only turns under organic debris, but it extends its life.

raw is packaged in a 25 lb mini-rolls.  Our 25 lb roll covers 50 square feet to the depth of 3 inches and is equivalent to two 15 lb bales of standard pine needle. 

Natural pine needle needs to be top-dressed to compensate for decomposition, and it brittles as it ages, so it cannot be fluffed.  Textraw can be fluffed whenever additional volume is desired.  Since it needs only be maintained over an extended life cycle rather than replaced, long term costs are typically 30% less than natural needle, along with superior appearance and greatly reduced labor.

raw Pine Needle savings in labor and materials increase over time, without the variation and deterioration in appearance of natural needle.  Landscapers can spend more time maintaining the aesthetics of the property, less time fighting weeds, and spreading bales that vary in quality from vendor to vendor, and with the season.

  • Contains no weeds, seeds, sticks or critters
  • Highly resistant to mold and mildew and fire

  • Does not absorb moisture or chemicals so less is required

  • Maintains its volume because it does not decompose

  • Easier to spread than straw

  • Less attractive to bugs (Roaches, Ants, Termites)



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