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Mulch Services & Pine Straw Removal

Recent concerns over the safety of pine straw lawn bedding near homes has caused North Carolina officials to propose a ban of pine straw in close proximity to a home. Dry pine straw acts as a kindling, which presents a serious fire hazard to nearby homes and property. Although it is not clear whether this law will pass, many homeowners and businesses are now opting to go with a safer mulch alternative. Aside from being much less flammable, mulch also offers many other unique benefits over traditional pine straw.

Benefits of Mulch

  • Helps prevent soil dehydration, reducing evaporation and the watering requirements.
  • Helps reduce weed growth due to heavy covering of dirt and soil.
  • Insulates soil keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Improves soil aeration, structure, and water drainage.
  • Helps prevent certain plant diseases and pests.
  • Provides a safe buffer zone for lawn mowers and weed eaters.
  • Helps provide a uniform, well-groomed look for your lawn and garden.
  • Can be used anywhere across a yard, including close to a home or building.
  • Can be in the form of organic or inorganic mulches.
  • Helps replace many of the lost nutrients and minerals within soil as the mulch decomposes.

Mulching is a safe alternative to the potential fire threats of traditional pine straw bedding. Even if North Carolina officials choose not to ban the use of pinestraw near homes, mulching is still a popular and beneficial gardening and lawn care alternative.

Contact a Hicks Landscape professional today to learn more about the latest pine straw and mulching law changes, and set up a free in-home consultation discussing all your best gardening and lawn care options! Contact us today!