Benefits of Long Leaf Pine Needles in your landscaping: It offers the ideal level of level of acidity for your plants to take in optimum soil nutrients It doesn’t float and wash away and breaks down more slowly, so it doesn’t 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 area as 30 cubic feet of many mulches the expense per square foot is competitive with other mulches It breathes better, doesn’t compact, and permits much better water infiltration It is easy to apply: just unroll the bales and scatter by hand It does not bring in termites It adds organic product and nutrients to soil and minimizes weeds The consistent color and fine texture of pine straw highlights the color, contrast, and texture of your landscape You can use it for disintegration control where yard will not grow to hold soil, even on hillsides and paths

Frequently Asked Questions

In spring you might still be concerned with some frost or recurrent cold weather. Also maybe rain.

So you want to think how you can stay warm and dry and maybe also have a little space to take off muddy boots or footwear.

Use available tree limbs to create frame work, or even use existing tree and branches for a lean to with a tarp if you have one. If you have no tarp, use any available materials. Some times you can use pine or cedar needles and small boughs for a bed cushion or also for cover on the frame you construct.

If you are lucky, you might find a cave or over hang but in the flatlands you will be s.o.l or too bad Charlie!

In a pinch some times you can shelter under some firs or even magnolia but this is not the best, and magnolia does not occur as you go further north into more temperate forest.

Another type of construction is to use green saplings or skinny logs or thick sticks for a type of fence or wall, build up with mud or clay. You can make roof of firm long branches and use grass as thatch. Use dry long grass like sweet grass.

Also can use weave of willow wands or branches. Trouble with this is to find ones long enough, flexible enough not to break when weaving.

You could also if you have the right earth, with enough clay, make adobe blocks.

You could also make blocks out of material harvested from cane, sorghum, or other fields. Some have successfully made shelters from cubes of straw.

I am a landscaper and designer. Starting your first garden can always be tough to plan. Your main goal is to plan — prep properly — and plant. It sounds like you are interested in doing a vegetable garden. As far as the compost, natural compost is great for any garden. It usually takes six month to a year before the compost is ready. You can start a compost pile now with your banana peels, coffee grinds, egg shells, etc…
You will need to turn the compost periodically.

Preparing your garden — you will need to turn the soil over. Depending how large your garden is, tilling works really well. You can till it over a few times to really mix the soil. Rake it out and when you plant, add some organic mushroom compost to your soil. This is an organic fertilizer that will last up to one year. It doesn’t smell great, but your veggies will love it! I will link you to the plan — prep — plant page of my website. This is a simple method to do any style garden.

Make sure when you place each veggie, you give them enough space to mature. You can mulch or pine straw the garden. This will help retain moisture in the ground. I will link you to the site map, as this page has everything that is on my website. Browse through as there are several articles, tips and techniques that may be useful to you. In the garden project section, there is a page on a combination garden of veggies, flowers and herbs. You might be interested in doing this type of garden.

If you are doing your plants from seeds or bulbs, there is usually instructions on the package of how low to germinate each plant. If you need more help, I would be happy to help you. One of the most important aspects of any garden is to make sure the ground and air temperatures are warm enough. Good luck to you and have a great day!



It sounds like they pee a lot. Make sure your vet knows about this. There could be a medical reason as to why they urinate so frequently. You could try setting a place outside for them specifically to do their business. Train them to go by ‘keeping on their tails’ so to speak.Try for a couple months, and make sure you do not relapse. If they catch on, once you let them access to that area (say a pine straw covered ground) they should immediately go with no dilly dallying.
If that doesn’t work, you could try talking with a professional trainer.

I’ll try to give you all the basic info on guinea pigs:

For a guinea pigs cage they need 10.5 sq feet for 2 piggies, 13 sq feet for 3 piggies, & 15 sq feet for 4 piggies. Clean your guinea pig cage every 3 to 4 days.

Guinea pigs need unlimited Timothy Hay. NEVER give piggies Alfalfa hay! Alfalfa hay should only be given to pregnant mothers and growing babies. Alfalfa hay has too much calcium and other nutrients which can cause bladder stones in guinea pigs. Timothy hay helps their digestive system and is the best way to help keep their molars ground down and healthy.

NEVER use vitamin drops. The vitamin drops that you buy at the pet store contain additional vitamins and minerals which can potentially be toxic to them. The only vitamin a healthy guinea pig needs is Vitamin C. Adult piggies need 30–50 mg per day of C. Your healthy piggie shouldn’t need additional Vitamin C supplements IF your piggie is getting proper fresh greens and some fruits and high quality, fresh guinea pig pellets on a daily basis. You should not give your guinea pig a diet high in fruits to ensure they get adequate vitamin C. Guinea pigs like and need a variety of fresh vegetables and some fruits, just like we do. Make sure you focus on high-quality greens and veggies which are high in vitamin C and low in calcium. Here is a website that tells you what types of veggies and fruits a guinea pig can have

2 guinea pigs need around 1 handful of pellets. Make sure it is a high quality food. The food should be pellets ONLY. NO seeds, nuts, food colorings..etc. It should be just plain pellets: like this

AVOID — Cedar, corncob bedding, straw, Pine bedding, etc.
Use: Aspen shavings

Exercise/Floor time:
Daily exercise help guinea pigs maintain good health. Find an enclosed space with an easily cleaned floor such as a bathroom or kitchen and they will slowly begin to look forward to the freedom a larger space will give them. They will especially enjoy this time if you hide favorite foods in the area. Guinea pigs love to chew so make sure the room is piggie proof, there should be no electrical wires or anything like that available for them to chew on.

1. DO NOT use Giant Exercise Balls and Wheels. These are big health hazards to your guinea pig. They can cause spinal injuries and foot and ankle injuries leading to very difficult, life threatening problems. DO NOT USE these products.

2. Guinea pigs like to potty in private. They do not want to get you wet. If you are holding them, they will generally make their ‘need’ known. Some will start to fidget; some will try to get away or wriggle off of your lap or towel. Others will give you a nibble on a near-by body part, such as a hand or finger. If you ignore their signal, that signal will usually increase in intensity, such as a stronger nibble, until they give up and do what they have to do, much to their and your chagrin! Guinea pigs average about 15 to 20 minutes before they need to relieve their bladder. Some can go considerably longer, but start paying attention to “signals” at about 15 minutes.

Here is a link to a Medical Reference, it lists all the health problems guinea pigs can develop and tells the symptoms

I hope this info helps! Good luck with fostering the piggies!

Your on the right track…rhododendrons are very shallow rooted and don’t like to sit in water. It’s been wet everywhere this year. Now would be the best time to dig them since they are dormant. If you have a bucket of warm water with 2 tablespoons of bleach in it near by to wash the roots in you can possible eliminate any fungus that might be trying to take hold. If the roots are too large to fit into the bucket just pour the solution over the roots. Then fill the hole with a bag of good potting soil ( I like miracle grow mixtures). Let the soil form a mound well above ground level, replant the tree,(shallowly),and mulch with leaves or pine straw to prevent the soil from heaving if you live in an area where the ground freezes. I sure hope your plants are young and rather small. Good luck.

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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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