The Baled Pine Straw can be used as ground cover and mulch, as well as an addition to your flower beds. This straw can help you create a healthy and attractive landscape while also providing erosion control.
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50%of customersrecommend this product11 of 22reviews
Rating Breakdown25 reviews
50%of customersrecommend this product11 of 22reviews
I purchased 7 bales of pine needles at Home Depot in Hermitage TN and I thought they were pretty clean. I have spread 5 of the bales so far and in those 5 bales I found 3 pine cones and 2 or 3 sticks per bale. The bales separated well and were easy to spread. The bales came from Browning Straw Company in Alamo GA.
I went to both of the large home improvement stores (Home Depot and Lowe's) and looked at the bales before I purchased them. In my area the stores are directly across the street from each other so that was easy to do. The ones at Lowe's appeared to have a lot more sticks and the price was higher. I am happy with my purchase at Home Depot.
After reading the negative reviews I was almost afraid to buy pine straw again this year from HD. I purchased 40 bales and it was great. In 40 bales I found one pine cone, no dirt or sticker vines, and the needles still had alot of spring to them. Good job HD, thanks.
I am a Home Depot customer. I don't know if they would consider me "a good customer" but at least I am frequent. Our store in Lebanon has some of the best workers and I enjoy my relationships with them. This year it was time to do the pine straw thing and when I went to get my first load of ten bales I noticed how small they had gotten. Same price, just smaller. Now I understand that all retailers want to keep prices "down" so my argument is not here. But the quality of this years product is well below poor. Now I needed 30 bales to do my home beds but finally decided to stop with the pine straw because I was spreading more leaves and sticks than I had cleaned out of the beds. To finish the project I purchased 20 bags of pine nuggets from them to do the back yard beds. At least they are a dollar less but I need three times as much. So my friends at Home Depot, I will pay your price for a smaller bale of pine straw but please change your vendor next spring. I would conservatively estimate 10% of each bale is sticks, leaves and cones. That's three bales of trash! I don't want to have to go to the other place......
I purchased 4 bales of pine needles at Home Depot in Hermitage TN and I thought they were pretty clean. I found 2 pine cones and 2 or 3 sticks. The bales separated well and were easy to spread. I will purchase more in the next few days. (My car will only hold 4 bales at a time.)
The landscaping company I use to mow my lawn was charging $5 per bale + $5 to apply each bale at my residence. Admittedly, what they used was a wonderful color and quality product, but for the money I paid them, it was spread very thin and sloppy (tossed all over top/sides of shrubs), so I figured in order to save a little money to achieve the look I wanted, I'd buy a few more bales from Home Depot to add thickness & spread it myself. Well...the price of $4/bale was very appealing and I assumed it would be pretty much the same or close to the same quality of the pine straw the professionals used. Boy was I wrong! Home Depot's pine straw was pure junk!!! Once the strings came off the bales, it was full of twigs, dead leaves, rotten bark and other unidentifiable debris and just looked horrible. I guess some will say you get what you pay for, but I truly wasn't expecting it to be THAT bad! I'm so disappointed. Typically, I only have to apply an application of pine straw once a year, but this stuff broke down so quickly, it looks pitiful less than 4 months later. I'm now having to reapply yet a THIRD application this year to get the desired visual affect I want and the area to be covered is not even large at all! Only 6 shrubs. No trees, flowers or other plants. Very low maintenance. So I thought. Next time I'll be sure to read the reviews first before I purchase. I see so many others have had the same dreadful experience as me. #2thumbsdown
Pros: appealing price, sales assoc loaded product for me
Cons: cheap quality, misleading, not expected from a home improvement giant
The bales of straw appear small but expand alot when cut open. There were some sticks and debris wrapped within the bale but nothing too bad. I used it to mulch the paths around my garden and it's working out well. I ordered this online for local store pickup and it was available to pickup the next day after the truck arrived with a new load.
This is the worst pine straw I have ever purchased. I bought at night or would have never brought it home. Have to borrow pick up or would have taken it back. No color, rotted, mildewed and the last bale I just put out had briars all in it-never had that before and I've bought a lot through the years. I had a bale I kept stored from last year and it looked great next to this.
I don't know who the supplier is that HD is using now, but the pine straw is PURE JUNK! Totally dried out, molded, and trashy. The 30 bales I bought in Canton, GA were full of leaves, thorny vines full of seed pods, paper, pine cones (a lot of them) and other miscellaneous junk. This straw looked to have spent several years in that tractor trailer - so dry you could crush it into almost dust.
I would rather pay a little more for a quality, full bale of straw. Change your supplier Home Depot; your pine straw is TRASH - especially for the price!!
I bought two bales today in Waynesboro, VA to try it. The bales were fairly small but quite tightly packed. The pine straw had no mold and very few sticks or pine cones. I was very pleased with the quality and I am going to return for more.
It seems every year the bales are smaller and the quality worse. My bales were full of dried weeds and poison ivy. The convenience of Home Depot being around the corner no longer is worth the poor quality.
I bought 50 bales for 3700 sf of new flower beds. HD's 6" pine needle mulch is okay albeit with a small amount of twigs and dust. I am pleased there was NO paper or other trash. If you spread the mulch by shaking and scattering the needles, it covers a considerable area (my 50 bales covered about 75 sf each). BTW, the better quality, longer needle pine-needle mulch (e.g., 9" or longer) is claimed to last longer BUT it costs 3-5 times more. I am satisfied getting started with HD's product.
I bought 20 bales. They were so loosely packed that several feel apart when they were picked up. The Home Depot employee that helped me load even mentioned the poor quality. It took all twenty to do an area where I used ten last year. I had to complete the job by buying the remainder of what I needed elsewhere.
I fill in part of the yard where the grass doesn't grow each winter so the dogs do not turn it into a wasteland. I recently purchased 8 bales for around $4 each to try instead of my normal regular straw. I normally spend about $35 on regular straw and it last the season. Needless to say, because of the poor quality of this pine straw I will need over double what I already purchased to do the job. The straw was loaded w/ sticks, pine cones, dirt, rocks and mold. The majority was either wet and dirty or moldy in the middle. I got maybe 1 1/2 bales worth out of the 8 and will NEVER buy something like this again.