Pine bark mulch is a lightweight, deep coloured mulch ideal for plants that like an acidic environment. Acidic mulch will lower the pH of your soil over the course of several years and use up nitrogen that helps small plants grow. Deep rooted plants like trees and shrubs are less likely to be effected by surface soil so pine is often used around these plants. Research your plant’s needs before using pine mulch, or plan to replace pine mulch every two years with a cedar or hardwood to balance out the soil.
Unlike cedar mulch, its reddish-brown colour stays true for several years and doesn’t compact over time, making it a low maintenance choice. As with all mulch varieties, it protects soil from heat and cold, retains moisture, and helps prevent weeds in your gardens.
Because pine mulch is lightweight and buoyant, it’s not suitable for slopes or areas prone to flooding and wind, but because of its weight it can be easier to spread around your garden.
Hayes Timber’s shredded red pine is made only from pine bark, unlike some mixed pine mulches that contain other tree pieces. The shredded material is heavier than pine chips and less likely to wash away in heavy rain.