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Old 01-04-2009, 08:38 AM
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Ok so we are thinking of putting down pine straw this year instead of mulch around our parameters of our yard in our border beds which borders our entire back yard. Anyone use pine straw that have pets. Just wondering if the myth I hear about them harboring ticks is true.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:40 AM
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Winter time and straw I run into ticks all the time. I love the way it looks though so I just keep my pets up to date on shots. And I try not to roll around in it too much.
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It is absolutely true, and if there are any stray or unleashed dogs are in your area, there will be fleas in the pinestraw area. The only treatment is to use chemicals especailly in the spring, and during the summer. Sorry for the bad news, but I have learned from personnal experience. I placed brick chips around my house borders instead. Also, the termite man told us that pinestraw and mulch are bad to put next to the house as it attracts termites. Hope this helps.

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Old 01-04-2009, 10:13 AM
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It is true. We had almost all our landscaping done with pine straw and never had an issue because we had our dogs on frontline plus. No matter how much rolling around they do in the pinestraw we've never seen a thing on them.
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:24 AM
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I do landscaping on the side from time to time and it's true.
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i did not know this, where I am from this is not an issue as we do not use pine straw. the house we are renting now though is completely landscaped with pine straw.... good thread. thanks
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:47 PM
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All my dogs are on frontline plus and we have been using mulch but have quite a large bak yard. Each year it cost about $500.00 in mulch just to fill in and was thinking straw would be cheaper so think we may try straw this year and keep our fingers crossed with the frontline plus and hope it does its job. Thanks for the input.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:50 PM
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Just curious of those that use pine straw ( I could go and look it up on line at Lowes ) but how much does it usually run and isn't cheaper than mulch as far as covering square footage???
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I know it is cheaper than mulch but I can't give you an actual price. We have so many pine trees in our yard that we have never had to go out and buy any.
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A lot of people will let you come pick it up out of their yard lol. I would try a landscaping business or nursery because they will pass the price off of how much you buy. Where as lowes or home depot you will pay the same per bail.
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