Pine straw overlooked source of income

ARKANSAS HAS plenty of pine trees. It also has plenty of pine straw, and that straw has value as landscape mulch, says Tamara Walkingstick, forester with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Pine straw production is a $50 million industry in other Southeast states. Walkingstick said straw production has the potential to provide a “nice additional income” for Arkansas landowners.

“Pine straw is a clean, attractive, high-quality landscape mulch that helps protect soil while maintaining favorable growing conditions for flowers, shrubs and herbs,” Walkingstick said.

An acre of average, well-stocked pine trees can produce 100 to 120 bales weighing 30 to 40 pounds. The value is between $4 and $8 per bale.

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