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Forum: Mulch 07-06-2011, 08:08 PM
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Posted By PineStraw
Actually just a bit of an urban myth. Not really...

Actually just a bit of an urban myth. Not really very acidic, but much less to zero once it has composted a bit.
Forum: Green Products 04-15-2010, 08:40 AM
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Views: 3,668
Posted By PineStraw
From what you're saying, I think the pine straw...

From what you're saying, I think the pine straw was what delayed the germination. I'm surprised you got germination later though, as I though it would completely prevent it and not just delay it....
Forum: Green Products 04-14-2010, 09:49 AM
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Views: 3,668
Posted By PineStraw
I went back and found some of the research...

I went back and found some of the research regarding the germination topic. It appears the pinenes in the straw are what impact seed germination, but those flash off fairly quickly. They do leave...
Forum: Green Products 04-12-2010, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,668
Posted By PineStraw
The way we look at the cost is in comparison to...

The way we look at the cost is in comparison to store bought mulch. You can have this delivered to your door for about the same price as the equivalent coverage of bagged mulch, which incidently, you...
Forum: Feature Articles 01-26-2010, 11:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
Definitely wait on some warmer weather! Holler at...

Definitely wait on some warmer weather! Holler at me when you are ready and I'll send my mailing address.
Forum: Feature Articles 01-15-2010, 07:22 PM
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Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
Any chance you could get a small ziplock bag of...

Any chance you could get a small ziplock bag of each, possibly both green and freshly fallen brown, seal them, label them, and mail them to me? I'd be happy to test them.
Forum: Feature Articles 01-15-2010, 03:18 PM
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Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
Not yet, but would be willing to if I could get...

Not yet, but would be willing to if I could get my hands on some fresh needles. Not withstanding all the other variables regarding variations in breakdown of volatiles, wax content, etc., I suspect...
Forum: Feature Articles 01-15-2010, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
My testing used the loblolly species and an...

My testing used the loblolly species and an Oakton single body electrode with a BNC pHTestr connected meter. Others could test using a less expensive set up, but the results might be less accurate,...
Forum: Feature Articles 01-14-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
Happy to do it. I bet there will be less bagged...

Happy to do it. I bet there will be less bagged up by the street for the trash guys to take. :smileyclap It was a total homeowner waste product around here for a long time. I see less and less of it...
Forum: Feature Articles 01-14-2010, 05:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
Be curious to know if the lower pH of green...

Be curious to know if the lower pH of green needles would help, but I suspect its effect might be short lived. But unless you've chopped down a living pine or had large branches come off in a storm,...
Forum: Feature Articles 01-13-2010, 05:58 PM
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Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
Thanks for providing the great place to do that!...

Thanks for providing the great place to do that! :)
Forum: Feature Articles 01-12-2010, 05:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 54,632
Posted By PineStraw
Pine Straw (Pine Needle) Mulch Acidity: Separating Fact From Fiction Through Analytical Testing

The debate has waged on for many years regarding the acidity of pine straw (also commonly called pine needles and pinestraw mulch) and the effects that potential acidity may have on soil acidity and...
Forum: Mulch 11-03-2009, 12:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,390
Posted By PineStraw
Next time I'm at my big box stores, I'll have to...

Next time I'm at my big box stores, I'll have to do some inventory and see what the make up of the selection is. I'm sure the profit margin is higher on the colored stuff since it is a "valued-added"...
Forum: Mulch 11-02-2009, 01:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,390
Posted By PineStraw
I also don't know why someone would buy a...

I also don't know why someone would buy a non-natural colored mulch, but agree with will-o-wisp that it is probably as a design element. :huh I had never thought of mulch being dyed to hide the look...
Forum: Mulch 10-31-2009, 12:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,390
Posted By PineStraw
There definitely is always good advice around...

There definitely is always good advice around here. :) I have found that color preference seems to vary mostly by region, species availability, and personal preference. Pine straw color can vary...
Forum: Sustainability 10-21-2009, 11:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,995
Posted By PineStraw
For me, I would be interested in all 6, but with...

For me, I would be interested in all 6, but with just a quick mention of some stuff for #5. Those are very logical initial subject topics that should interest most folks. If I were putting together a...
Forum: Green Products 10-21-2009, 10:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,668
Posted By PineStraw
Pine Straw Direct ships bales of pine straw...

Pine Straw Direct ships bales of pine straw directly to homes and businesses for mulching and landscaping at prices that are competitive with other premium mulches. Our website describes how organic...
Forum: Green Products 10-21-2009, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,668
Posted By PineStraw
Pine Straw Direct (Pine mulch shipped from our forest direct to you)

Pine Straw Info (www.PineStrawInfo.com (http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/forum/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.PineStrawInfo.com)) has just launched an educational website designed to provide the...
Forum: Mulch 10-15-2009, 11:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,390
Posted By PineStraw
2.5-3 inches with it laid loose and fluffy is a...

2.5-3 inches with it laid loose and fluffy is a good depth to start. Once it gets watered it, it will form a nice even mat of about 1.5-2 inches. It really keeps the weeds down as well.
Forum: Mulch 10-08-2009, 09:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,390
Posted By PineStraw
I am biased towards the stuff.

I am biased towards the stuff.
Forum: Forum Announcements 07-19-2009, 11:19 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,078
Posted By PineStraw
I'm here now and I heard all of you! :tease I...

I'm here now and I heard all of you! :tease I only get to check in on the forums every once in a while, so I just saw all the postings. You all are great! I did finally get over it recently, several...
Forum: Forum Announcements 07-13-2009, 10:57 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,078
Posted By PineStraw
Seems like it was right around Mother's Day. I...

Seems like it was right around Mother's Day. I figured she was selling flower arrangements on the side of the road somewhere, but then hoped that maybe she had delivered them to a nursing home...
Forum: Forum Announcements 07-12-2009, 05:58 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,078
Posted By PineStraw
The photo idea is good. There is a lady not far...

The photo idea is good. There is a lady not far from me that has all her flowers roped off with tape and signs everywhere. It looks more like a crime scene than a wildflower patch. The dog ideas are...
Forum: Forum Announcements 07-12-2009, 05:55 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,078
Posted By PineStraw
In this State, picking wildflowers is only...

In this State, picking wildflowers is only illegal on private property. I now know not to plant on public areas. :bang It is a shame, but I don't have all the energy to take the extra steps to...
Forum: Forum Announcements 07-09-2009, 11:42 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,078
Posted By PineStraw
The first time I caught a neighbor and her...

The first time I caught a neighbor and her daughter and asked them to not pick them and explained the whole story about letting them go to seed so they will be there next year for everyone to enjoy,...
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