Where to buy pine straw in LA

StarfinderMarch 9, 2014

Hi,

I have blueberries growing in smartpots and I would like to buy some pine straw bales to use as a mulch. I checked local Home Depot, Lowes, OSH and local nurseries. None of them carry this product. Does anyone know an alternative source of pine straw in Los Angeles area (other than collecting it myself)?

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lgteacher(SCal)

Pine and straw are two different things, as far as I know. If you need pine bark, sometimes pet stores have it in small quantities. If you want straw for mulch, look for feed and tack stores.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 9:00PM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

Pine straw bales are baled pine needles, aren't they? I have not ever seen that product offered for sale in southern California.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 4:44AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

lgteacher, "pine straw" is a common mulch in the Southeastern US, and is pine needles. I learned that reading other forums which have Southeasterners posting. It's not a common California term, because mulch/soil amendment tends to be a local product (due to transportation cost) and we don't have a lot of pine lumber mills here.

Starfinder you may have to collect it yourself, or if you want to acidify soil here you have to use peat moss, azalea/camellia mix, or soil sulpher, and a bark product. For my blueberries I mulch with peat moss as a first layer and another type of mulch over that, to keep the peat from drying out. Gardening is all local...

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 4:42PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Hoov ~ what kind of blueberry produces for you? How long have you had them?
Do you know your chill hours? I've been eyeballing them. Thanks.

Starfinder ~ happy collecting! I found a quiet block of long needled pines. Love them. Only thing that doesn't disappear in a year in this adobe soil.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 10:20PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I have 'Bountiful Blue' and 'Sunshine Blue'. They produce great every year. I've had them--6 or 7 years now, planted in the ground with camellia/azalea mix and a yearly small dose of soil sulfur. The biggest problem is keeping the birds from stealing the fruit.

The newer hybrids available are based on Southeastern species, require little or no chill, and are very heat tolerant.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 11:20AM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Thanks Hoov. Writing them down.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:51PM
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