TEXTRAW

Beauty that Lasts

 

 



PINE STRAW
Throughout the South, pine needles are used in flower beds and landscape border areas as ground cover. When pine needles decompose in the garden, they provide virtually no nutirents to the soil; but they provide shade, insulate root systems, they retain moisture in the soil, and are very attractive.
Because pine needles decompose quickly, they lose their color and volume over a period of months. Especially in commercial properties, typical maintenance calls for adding straw every three to six months, called "topdressing", to maintain volume and appearance. Over time, the base straw becomes matted and spongy. Rather than transmit rainfall to the soil and plant roots, this layer of material absorgs and traps moisture.  The roots of the plants, seeking the moisture, stay near the soil surface.  This moist, decomposed straw can act like a second soil layer, and the plant roots may grow up into it. For this reason, in addition to the top-dressing, old straw should be raked out annually and replaced.

 

 

 

BUGS
Insects, especially cockroaches and termites, are attracted to the dark, moist environment of decomposing pinestraw. Much of these garden mulches are laid up in decorative beds around the foundations of homes. Folks who work hard to keep roaches and termites out of their homes unwittingly create an attractive environment for them right at the entrance to the house.  Since pine straw is "harvested" and baled right of the forest floor, everything on the forest floor is in the package:

  • Weed and grass seeds
  • Sticks, cones, leaves, and twigs
  • Spiders, mites, and other critters
  • Mold spores and mildew




 

 

 

COLOR
Needles about to fall in the Spring months are reddish brown. Fall needles are a lighter yellowish brown. As odd as it may seem in the pine-laden area of South Georgia, good, fresh pine straw is in short supply. But whether it is immediately harvested and baled, or lying on the forest floor awaiting harvest, pine straw begins to decompose immediately, losing its color over a period of 6 months, turning first a dull brown, and then a bleached gray.

 

 

 

 

BED PREPARATION
In preparing flower beds and border areas for strawing, landscapers typically remove all material down to the soil base, then treat the soil with "PreEmerge" or another herbicide to prevent weed and grass seeds from germinating. This is a costly, labor-intensive procedure. Why spread bales of pinestraw, which contain untreated weed and grass seeds, mold and mildew, and all the critters the landscaper worked to clear out?

 

 

 

 

FLUFFING
As leaves fall into beds, normally pine straw is "fluffed", or turned. The leaves are turned under, where they decompose into the soil. It's difficult to fluff old, matted pine straw, because it crumbles. It's easy to fluff TEXTRAW.

TEXTRAW contains ultraviolet inhibitors to keep its color from fading due to sunlight. We have tested it in an accelerated weatherometer to the equivalent of 4 years outdoor exposure in South Florida without significant color loss. Surface fibers are more exposed to these UV rays. So fluffing TEXTRAW not only turns under organic debris, but it extends its life.

 

 

UV Stabilization Test Xenon Arc Accelerated Weatherometer.

 

 

 

 

 

 



COVERAGE
TEXTRAW is packaged in a 55lb. mini roll which covers 110 square feet to a depth of 3-3 1/2 inches. Natural pine straw needs to be top-dressed to compensate for decomposition, and it embrittles as it ages, so it cannot be fluffed. TEXTRAW can be fluffed whenever additional volume is desired. The TEXTRAW miniroll is the equivalent to 3-4 bales of pinestraw. Since it needs only be maintained over an extended life cycle rather than replaced, long term costs are typically 30% less than natural straw, along with superior appearance and greatly reduced labor.
 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMICAL
TEXTRAW savings in labor and materials increase over time, without the variation and deterioration in apperance of natural straw. Landscapers can spend more time maintaining the aesthetics of the property, less time fighting weeds, and spreading bales that vary in quality from vendor to vendor, and with the season.

 

 

 

 

NOW AVAILABLE (BORDERS)
A TEXTRAW border installed around the perimeter of the garden area maintains a perfectly tucked edge, and gives long-lasting definition to the bed.  Borders are supplied in 3" diameter coils which are easily installed to follow and desired contour. Simple lawn staples are used to anchor them in place.

 

 

 

 

TREE SURROUNDS
14" diameter rolls are cut to length and joined end to end to form a permanent tree ring, secured by lawn staples. TEXTRAW Tree Surrounds remain secure and even when leaves are blown off them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU WASTE ON PINE STRAW
IN JUST FIVE YEARS?

 

Period

Bails

Times per year

Pinestraw

TEXTRAW

5 years

25

3

$1600

$440

5 years

50

3

$3200

$870

5 years

100

3

$6400

$1800

 

 

TEXTRAW ADVANTAGES

  • Retains its color for years without fading
  • Contains no weeds, seeds, sticks or critters
  • Highly resistant to mold and mildew and fire (Can add flame retardant)
  • Does not absorb moisture or chemicals so less is required
  • Maintains its volume because it does not decompose
  • Easier to spread than straw
  • 4 year color warranty
  • Less attractive to bugs (Roaches, Ants, Termites)

 

 

TEXTRAW is a patented syntetic pine straw made of recycled polypropylene.

Add to the savings the fact that TEXTRAW will look like fresh fallen pine straw for years to come and you have a product that will add value, beauty and less maintenance to your home.

Call me at 706.494.1242 for more information about the benefits of TEXTRAW.