Benefits of Long Leaf Pine Straw in your landscape: It offers the ideal level of level of acidity for your plants to soak up optimum soil nutrients It does not float and remove and breaks down more slowly, so it doesn’t have to be reapplied as regularly as other mulches It is easier to handle and lighter per cubic foot than other mulches: one large bale can cover as much area as 30 cubic feet of a lot of mulches the expense per square foot is competitive with other mulches It breathes better, doesn’t compact, and enables better water seepage It is simple to apply: simply unroll the bales and scatter by hand It does not draw in termites It adds natural material and nutrients to soil and minimizes weeds The consistent color and fine texture of pine straw draws out the color, contrast, and texture of your landscape You can utilize it for erosion control where turf will not grow to hold soil, even on hillsides and paths

Frequently Asked Questions

I am in zone 8b and leave mine out all the time..ofcourse I have at least 40 of them..It really depends on what area you are in…I mulch mine with pine straw in the winter qwith about 2 feet of it around the base in the winter..they will turn brown..and I do not strip the brown leaves for this actually insulates the stalk from the wind…When spring comes I simply cut them off from the top where all the top leaves join and look in the middle core ..if it is brown i then cut a couple more inches off untill The center ring in the plant is a bright green and not brown..Our temperature here in north Florida gets into a couple of weeks into the 20’s and mine do well..Some people up north actually dig the whole plant up and store in a closet or garage..and some simply store them under thier house out of the wind and freeze then replant..they sprout right back up…Even though I am in Flori9da..I am up north near the Alabama and georgia borders..we do get cold here..I will find some info on storing these and show you a few pictures of mine…I never bring mine indoors..I have too many and some as big as 20 feet high

You can literally dig banana plants up and store in a closet..rread this article..if in zone 8b or above simply mulch..but read this..I don’t care what part of the usa you are in..they can be saved and stored…

http://www.centralfloridafarms.com/banan...

I have a two and a half year old.. She got a new “toy” about three months ago (I bought a $7 box and some hardware and together we made a play oven, she LOVED it!) I give her presents nearly every day. Today she got a hawk’s feather. Yesterday she got a bouquet of beautiful dried straw flowers (that i’d hung out from my garden to dry last week.) Day before she got a very cool pine cone (she “cooks” pine cones and fir cones on her play stove… most common dish she serves up.)

I guess she gets new toys daily if you count the rocks, feathers, pine cones, bay nuts, walnuts, madrone leaves, bay leaves, rosemary, flowers, sticks, grasses and assorted other stuff we retrieve from the forest floor.

My daughter seems ok going into a grocery store or other kind of store (even a toy store) and “looking” at things. So far, she hasn’t tried the strategy of crying (but at home she’s always told, “no one gets anything in our house by whining or crying, so you can cry and whine, but you’re not going to get anything for doing it.” So maybe we’ve circumvented the use of that strategy, or maybe she’s waiting until she’s a little older to blossom into freak out mode. But I don’t think our response is going to change.)

I don’t think we have room in our house, however, for 4–5 new toys each week.

I should add as a caveat, I have a neighbor who shares her love of reading with my daughter. Each week she goes to the library and brings five or so new library books over and reads them to her. Also, she’ll often bring a few used children’s books for her to keep. We do have a growing book collection. She also has a very generous auntie who brings her gifts it seems monthly (nature books, small figurines of bugs and local mammals… bears, bobcats, etc. My daughter really likes the natural world.)

I guess when I think about it, in your shoes I’d change the nature of the prize. I let my daughter pick out one new food in the fresh fruits and vegetable section that she gets to try when we get home. (She rarely likes it, but she loves, I think, that she has control over trying it.)

1. They do so much better in pairs of the same gender (So they don’t breed) that you will be amazed of how much happier they will be http://cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm

2. A guinea pig will pee nearly every 20–30 mins. You can end up litter training them. This can be hard but if you are persistent then it wont be so hard. They will poo about 200 times a day, but half of them do get eaten to catch the missing vitamins their stomach’s missed the first time. It may be gross to us, but to them it is healthy and good for them. So it isn’t as much as you think.

3. No, they will enjoy a wide variety of lettuces out there. Ice berg lettuce isn’t recommended because of it’s low variety of vitamins and minerals that guinea pigs need daily or can suffer from Upper Respiratory Infections or even Scurvy. No lettuces are poisonous but some have no value to them.

4. It’s up to you how their bedding is going to be. A lot of people use Pine Shavings, Hay, Newspaper shredded, etc. Here is a list of all the safe bedding’s and even the unsafe ones:

5. Different guinea pig owners will have many different favorite bedding’s to one another. You just have to figure out the best bedding that works for you.

Here is a list of all the bedding’s that are suitable to use -

* Aspen Shavings
* Pine Shavings
* Pine Pellets
* Recycled paper products like care FRESH or Yesterday’s News
* Hay
* Towels
* EnviroTiles

Bedding’s that you should avoid are -

* Straw
* Cedar pine Shavings
* Corncob Bedding
* Newspaper


Newspaper shouldn’t be used as a bedding by itself, but underneath other bedding.

As you can see from the list above, there are many possibilities of which bedding’s to use and what’s best for your time schedule and ways. Some bedding’s will need cleaning out more often than others and some longer.

6. This is only because of an illness called “Compaction.” This will only happen if your guinea pig doesn’t get enough exercise. By giving them ground time daily, you wont have any problems.

7. A guinea pigs cost can vary from 10–50 dollars. It recommend you make your own cage. Cages vary from 100–300 dollars because it depends where you live. Ebay has some nice cheap options.

8. That’s because they are tamed up really well in a matter of time and patience. Not all guinea pigs are the same and every one is different.

9. You should, they are social animals and need to live in pairs. But if it’s only in a while it wont hurt.

The End of the World
BY DANA GIOIA
“We’re going,” they said, “to the end of the world.”
So they stopped the car where the river curled,
And we scrambled down beneath the bridge
On the gravel track of a narrow ridge.

We tramped for miles on a wooded walk
Where dog-hobble grew on its twisted stalk.
Then we stopped to rest on the pine-needle floor
While two ospreys watched from an oak by the shore.

We came to a bend, where the river grew wide
And green mountains rose on the opposite side.
My guides moved back. I stood alone,
As the current streaked over smooth flat stone.

Shelf by stone shelf the river fell.
The white water goosetailed with eddying swell.
Faster and louder the current dropped
Till it reached a cliff, and the trail stopped.

I stood at the edge where the mist ascended,
My journey done where the world ended.
I looked downstream. There was nothing but sky,
The sound of the water, and the water’s reply.

The price would be around $4–6 a bale…
as for how much you would need..check
with your local farmers co-op. The co-op’s
normally carry bales of pine straw.
But… if you want to save some money. Find
someone you know who has pine trees on
their property and see if they will let you rake
up and haul off what you need… that will save
you a lot of money

Landscaping Ideas for Property Boundaries

Folly Beach

from
http://pinestrawlandscaping.com/landscaping-ideas-for-property-boundaries/

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Long Leaf Pine Straw

Long Leaf Pine Straw

Long leaf pine straw is a pine needle that has fallen from a pine tree. Pine needles are utilized in flower beds as a ground cover for landscaping.