Benefits of Long Leaf Pine Needles in your landscape: It provides the ideal level of acidity for your plants to take in maximum soil nutrients It does not float and wash away and breaks down more slowly, so it does not need to be reapplied as regularly as other mulches It is easier to handle and lighter per cubic foot than other mulches: one big bale can cover as much location as 30 cubic feet of most mulches the cost per square foot is competitive with other mulches It breathes better, does not compact, and allows for much better water infiltration It is easy to use: just unroll the bales and scatter by hand It does not attract termites It includes natural material and nutrients to soil and minimizes weeds The consistent color and fine texture of pine straw brings out the color, contrast, and texture of your landscape You can use it for erosion control where turf will not grow to hold soil, even on hillsides and courses


Never heard of it. Mulch shouldn’t be washing away if it is well blended into the soil or you are experiencing torrential rains for long periods.

Here is an article on ideal garden soil conditions.

A lot of your questions are answered at In short, they will work in N.E. Ohio. They are much easier to handle and spread than other mulches and they won’t negatively affect your soil’s acidity. There is an article summarizing some research around that topic on the site and a good video showing how to spread it.

You’re supposed to put roosts, dropping boards, water with water heater, layer pellets, nest boxes, and stackable bins for pellets, scratch, and bedding storage in the coop. Pine shavings are on the floor and hay or straw is in the nests. You should add new shavings on top of the old about once a week in the winter and turn them to keep it fresh and new hay or straw goes into the nests also about once a week.

By your description and the tree (Scotch) they were on I’d say they were sawfly larva (similar to a caterpillar). They normally hatch in the spring but bringing the tree into your house probably provided the warmth needed for hatching. They eat the needles of the tree, not the wood. So you don’t have to worry about them destroying your furniture. When you put the tree outside in the cold they should die unless you live where the temps do not go into the freezing range. If the temp doesn’t kill them the dried out needles probably will because they normally get water and food from the needles. The water is gone so they would dehydrate and die.

Monarch caterpillars are found only on milkweed plants — never on pines.


Everyone is familiar with the longstanding practice of putting up outdoor Christmas lights. That’s still a great way to decorate the exterior of a home. But go beyond the usual and add some delightful twists to your decorating efforts.

A string of colored lights wrapped around the pine tree in the front yard is fine. But take advantage of modern technology. Add a holographic snowman to your lawn and delight the neighbors and yourself. These simple devices will project a snowman image in 3-D anywhere you want. You can walk all around the display and see a snowman in Christmas colors.

Take the next step and add motion to the scene. Moving light shows that project Christmas-themed images can be anything from simple colored lights to complete video. You can light up an outdoor bush or project a scene onto the garage door. You can make the shadows dance under the eaves or twinkle the angel decoration on the top of the house.

Add real objects to the light display and flesh out the decorations.

The Nativity scene is a holiday favorite and still works well in many decorating schemes. Spruce it up a little by adding some spray-on snow if you don’t live in a climate that provides the real thing. Add some realistic touches by putting down small clumps of straw inside and outside the manger.

Sadly, though, sometimes a person will get the idea to ruin the scene. So, you may want to invest in some security. Devices such as a buried-in-the-lawn wire alarm system can alert you to unwanted visitors in the night.

Mailboxes provide the perfect opportunity to exercise your creativity. You can go for traditional ribbons and bows or spruce it up with decorative red and gold-colored paints. Or, you can go a little more abstract and design a decorative wreath made from non-traditional materials. An icy-crystal look can be achieved by using white wire hangers and shiny translucent plastic.

Place a white or colored light in the center of the wreath and hang it from the mailbox. You can run the wire down the pole and along a thin extension cord to the lawn lights. Or, use a solar-powered light that stores up energy during the day and releases it at night.

If you have trees and/or bushes in the yard they give you plenty of objects to decorate in traditional or unusual ways. Strings of lights work fine. Faux-icicles are still a great favorite. But be creative and use some miniature figurines to make your design unique. Tiny figures from the Grinch Who Stole Christmas are an idea. Or, sprinkle the foliage with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs carrying out their characteristic actions.

Even the lawn itself can be a huge canvas. Light strings, solar lights in the shape of a wreath, some special glow-in-the-dark paint of the type that washes away after a few weeks…. The list of possibilities is bound only by your imagination.

Hope that helps you think about what to do and take a look at the sites in my source box for some places to get them!

Take care


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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.

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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.

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