Pine needle paths & snakes
I am planning pathways through a wooded area and will need to go the cheapest route. I was originally thinking wood chips which, if I'm lucky enough to catch our county workers out trimming, I can get for free by the truckload. But I went to get some of the last load I received 2 years ago and left to compost and it had became a nesting spot for snakes.
So now I'm thinking pine needles, also a freebie, but wondering if I'll be stepping on snakes that burrow under the straw.
Over the years I've come across several types of snakes in my two wooded acres. Harmless grass, chicken, king, buttermilk, etc., but also quite a few cottonmouth water moccassins. We're a low-lying wet area.
Has anyone tried pine straw and have they had any problem with it attracting snakes? I'm in southeast Texas.