Landscaping secrets: Use pine straw to keep gardens lush!

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Your garden might look unsightly if you leave the dirt underneath your trees, shrubs and flowers bare....

Your garden might look unsightly if you leave the dirt underneath your trees, shrubs and flowers bare. Topsoil can blow away more easily without landscaping material holding it in place. You might find bark or cedar chips too pricey to lay down and replace repeatedly, so what can you do? Many landscapers know a secret to keep gardens lush and to keep topsoil in place...pine straw!

You can find pine straw at a lower cost at any garden supply store or from an Atlanta-based landscaper who buys the straw in bulk. When landscapers lay down the dried pine straw over your garden area or under trees, it gives your yard a naturalized appearance, like that of an area of woodland. Your garden and yard will look more tidy and organized without requiring that you spend a fortune on ground cover in order to achieve it.

When you get a measure of pine needles, you might think of trying to spread it out yourself. However, you might find that the task becomes too great and painful, especially if you have a large yard or if you have never worked with pine straw as ground cover before. The pine needles can often prick your skin and can become unwieldy if handled improperly. Make sure to consult with a local landscaper in the Atlanta area who regularly uses pine straw as ground cover. Get an estimate for how much it will cost to use it on your property before giving up your weekend to do yardwork.

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