My front yard is littered with pine trees.
I’ve never liked them; they make the front yard feel almost claustrophobic. When Mark and I first moved to this house, we talked about removing the pine trees, but then we found out how much it costs to remove just a single tree and that dreamed quickly faded. Also, somehow it seems wrong to remove a bunch of trees (all of which are probably older than either of us and have certainly lived on this property longer) simply because they don’t suit our tastes. Regardless of the reason, the pine trees are here to stay.
I have noticed one small financial benefit of the pine trees: they drop their needles periodically all over our driveway which makes them easy to sweep up. Then I can use them as mulch.
Pine straw is actually a fantastic mulch: it breaks down slowly so you don’t have to replace it frequently; it’s lightweight and easy to apply; it doesn’t attract termites the way wood mulch can; and it provides nutrients to the soil. In fact, many people pay good money for what we’re getting for free.
It seems to me that between collecting my own mulch and making my own compost, pretty soon I’m going to be – to quote my dear friend’s brother – “the kind of girl you could hook a plow up to and be proud of.”
Now I have to go find my Birkenstocks.