If you live in the South, there’s a good chance that you have pine straw mulch somewhere on your property. And if you installed it yourself, there’s a good chance that you don’t have the nice, clean edge that you’d get if you hired a landscaper.
So… Do you want pine straw beds with a nice, finished edge without paying a pro to install it for you? Of course you do – especially since landscapers typically charge 2x the actual cost of a bale to mulch your beds with pine straw. The good news is that it’s easy to do a great job.
For starters, you’ll want to spread a nice, thick layer of pine straw in your beds. In general terms, a standard bale will cover a 9 foot x 9 foot area. It may cover a little less if the ground is totally bare, or a little more if there’s a bit of straw left on the ground from previous years.
The key requirement is to spread your straw 8 or so inches beyond the edge of the bed. From there, it’s just a matter of “fanning” the edge with a yard blower. There’s no need to rev it up. Rather, just let it idle, which should be enough to lift up the edge and roll it under. It may take a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but it’s very fast once you know what you’re doing.
Note that some people recommend trenching the edge of your beds and then tucking your straw with the flat edge of a garden spade, but that’s a ton of work and you’ll get something nearly as pretty with much less effort by using a blower. It’s up to you, but my strong preference is to just use a blower and be done with it.