Pine straw mulch newbie
Hi. I live in Richmond, VA in a suburban 'hood that is fairly well wooded. My backyard is mostly taken up by flower beds, and over the years I've relied on wood chip mulch given to me by tree trimming services. However, every year it seems harder and harder to get mulch and when I do, they dump so much of it, no one can use the driveway for two weeks. This year, I'm considering switching to pine straw mulch. I've heard that it is fairly economical and doesn't break down as quickly as other mulches. I've gardened most of my life, but I've never used pine straw, nor do I know any other gardeners who do. My concern is how it will look once the sun/elements cause is to fade, as well as if pine straw has a tendency to blow around-- particularly into the lawn. My lawn and gardens are beautiful, and quite well kept compared to most in my neighborhood, but I'm already on the Homeowner's Association's s*** list for having two rain barrels, a compost bin, and a small veggie bed in plain view of the street. Horrifying, I know. I still shell out the big bucks for shredded dyed hardwood mulch for the beds around the house every year, but I refuse to spend $600 for backyard mulch. Any thoughts, warnings or suggestions are welcomed. I'd hate to dump of bunch of pine straw only to find out there was another way to go.