We must wait until the last of the pollen pods have expired, dropped and dissipated this spring before we remove the debris and lay our mulch. Mulching is one of the most important processes in tree health because you are providing a protective barrier to retain moisture, provide nutrients and curb weed growth. And as you are watching for the last of the pollen pods to drop, do keep in mind that clearing the debris and leaves from under your oaks and throughout your yard will provide the most sunlight to your grass as it begins to re-emerge.
The region's beautiful Oleanders are feeling the brunt of the passing winter, but they too with a little coaxing can return to health. Usually this is done by cutting off all of the winter damage and disposing of these branches properly. This will sometimes call to cut the Oleander to the ground.
When to Use Pine Straw
With the addition of a layer of pine straw or pine needle to the base of these trees, you will see outstanding improvement with moisture retention, soil health and reduced weed growth.
Unique to pine straw, and unlike mulch, is that straw is visually appealing in an auburn color, acts as a suspiring pest deterrent, breaks down over time for lasting protection and it is less timely to re-apply- making it very low maintenance. It is most productive when laid after the first freeze of the year, and it will provide an unmatched source of fertilizer as it releases nitrogen during decomposition, and the best part is that is half of the cost of mulch. In cases where your trees drop leaves 2 times a year it is the best choice.
Each yard is unique. In cases, like North Charleston or Summerville, where there are a lot of Pine Trees which are especially leafy species of trees, pine straw is the better bet.
When to Use and Not Use Mulch
For yards with fewer trees, like beachfront homes on Isle of Palms, mulching is more beneficial and lasts 2 to 3 times longer than pine straw.
Mulch in leafy yards will just get covered up with pollen pods and leaves so the pine straw is the better choice. To be sure, have a professional take a look at your outdoor spaces and get some advice on how to encourage tree health. Your family and friends will thank you on those upcoming lazy summer days in the yard, and Mother Nature will sure appreciate the help too!
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