The short answer is “No”. Pine Straw debris levels vary greatly from company to company. Any Pine Straw supplier that sells to very large “Big Box” stores is going to have a very poor quality product. They set their harvest procedures to focus on volume and not quality. We at PineStraw.com focus on product quality and a positive customer experience. There are 3 major types of Pine Straw and one B-Grade product:
1. Premium Pine Straw – ( 14 Inch Pine Needle Mulch – a.k.a. – Longleaf Pine Straw, Long Needle Pine Straw, Pinus Palustris ) – The thickest needle with the heaviest wax coating resulting in extreme durability. Very few companies actually carry Longleaf Pine Straw due to the fact that it’s scarce. We carry this product in box and pallet form.
2. Standard Pine Straw® – ( 9 Inch Pine Needle Mulch – a.k.a. – Slash Pine Straw, Slash Pine, Pinus Elliottii ) – The most popular type sold on the market and has a combination of durability, cleanliness, and affordability. We carry this type Pine Straw under the name brand Standard Pine Straw®. If you are having trouble deciding what type of Pine Straw to purchase, this type of Pine Straw Mulch is a good place to start.
3. B-Grade Pine Straw – ( 9 Inch Pine Needle Mulch – a.k.a. – Slash Pine Straw, Slash Pine, Pinus Elliottii ) – This pine needle is the same as our Standard Pine Straw®. The main difference being, that our B Grade Pine Straw will contain a higher amount of debris, as it has not been through our triple clean process. This type of pine straw is also very popular as it is durable, much cleaner than short needle straw, and the most affordable pine straw we carry.
4. Loblolly Pine Straw – ( 6 Inch Pine Needle – a.k.a. – Short Needle Pine Straw, Pinus Taeda ) – The worst of the three major types of pine needles, we do not carry the Loblolly Pine Straw due to the poor quality of the product and the fact that it does not last very long. If you are looking at purchasing Pine Straw and the price is too good to be true, there is a reason. A lot of the copy cat web sites sell Loblolly pine straw because its the only type they can get due to their geographical location in the U.S. If a company or web site does not list the type of Pine Straw they are selling, there is a good chance that its because it is Loblolly. Companies will substitute cheap Loblolly Pine Straw and try to pass it off as Slash Pine Straw, or make a list of reason why its “almost” as good as the other types of Pine Straw. Companies that do this will often try to get the customer to focus on the weight of the product to say you are getting more pine straw and avoid talking about the lifespan and quality of Loblolly Pine Straw. A dirty product loaded with sand, sticks, excessive moisture, and other types of debris will weigh more than a fresh, clean batch of Pine Straw.