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Luckie's Artificial Pinestraw


Get the look you want from Luckie's Artificial Pinestraw
  • Luckie’s Artificial pine straw is an artificial pine straw made from recycled polypropylene, which does not absorb water or chemicals. It is recycled from bottle scrap, carpet backing, fiber, and yarn.

  •  In the pine-laden area of the Southeast, good fresh pine straw is in short supply; even when pine straw is available, the color, quality, price, etc., are inconsistent. And as pretty as pine straw is, its only nutritional value is a slight increase in soil Ph. Since it decomposes and is absorbent, it’s an attractive environment for pests, requires additional water and chemicals, and imports weed seeds into the garden. 

  • Commercial and industrial properties that want high curb appeal and understand landscape maintenance. Homeowners who wish for the best appearance and health for their plants and flowers. Government facilities and highway ramps require erosion control.

FAQs About Our Artificial Pinestraw

What is Luckie’s Artificial Straw made of? 

Luckie’s Artificial Straw is synthetic pine straw made from recycled polypropylene. Polypropylene does not absorb water or chemicals. It recycles from bottle scrap, carpet backing, fiber, and yarn efficiently. Luckie’s Artificial Straw has been designed to simulate a consistent mixture of 10 – 14″ reddish-brown pine needles that fall in the spring from the old, original longleaf pine trees, which are just about gone. Most natural pine straw today comes from loblolly or slash pine species with shorter needles, typically 6–10″. Because they don’t contain as much resin, loblolly and slash decompose and lose their color quickly.  

Will Luckie’s Artificial Straw fade?
Luckie’s Artificial Straw contains ultraviolet inhibitors to keep its color from fading due to sunlight, just like indoor-outdoor carpet does. Luckie’s Artificial Straw has been tested in a xenon arc accelerated weatherometer to the equivalent of 7 years of outdoor exposure in South Florida without any significant color loss. We estimate that the surface layer of Luckie’s Artificial Straw will easily maintain its color for seven years. Areas not exposed to sunlight will last indefinitely. As Luckie’s Artificial Straw is occasionally flipped and fluffed, needles on the surface are turned under, and the life of the straw is increased.


Will insects be attracted to Luckie’s Artificial Straw?
Since Luckie’s Artificial Straw does not decompose, insects are not attracted to it. Natural pine straw creates a dark, moist environment that attracts insects, particularly roaches and termites.


Does Luckie’s Artificial Straw burn?
Dry pine straw is highly flammable. While Luckie’s Artificial Straw is not inflammable, it will melt. It requires exposure to a sustained flame to burn.

Does Luckie’s Artificial Straw hold water as well as pine straw?
Luckie’s Artificial Straw holds moisture in the soil better than natural pine straw, which absorbs it, particularly as it decomposes into thatch. In fact, natural straws can prevent moisture from reaching plant roots in the soil under low water conditions. Luckie’s Artificial Straw is extruded in concave strands, with a cross-section identical to natural straw. The shape increases the surface area, producing greater volume and soil moisture retention since its patented design funnels moisture to the soil.

Is Luckie’s Artificial Straw safe for the environment?
Luckie’s Artificial Straw is safe for the environment. It is made from post-industrial recycled products. After its useful life is over, the clean product can be recycled. Luckie’s Synthetic Straw photodegrades into carbon, hydrogen, calcium carbonate, and iron oxide, all harmless components.

Will Luckie’s Artificial Straw wash away?
Luckie’s Artificial Straw is not recommended for low-lying areas or areas subject to flooding or runoff since it is slightly lighter than water. On the other hand, natural pinestraw will also wash away in similar conditions. On steep slopes, an application of StayPut is beneficial.


Will I get weeds with Luckie’s Artificial Straw?
After the old natural straw has been raked out, a pre-emergent should be applied to the soil to treat latent water seeds. After that, you won’t be adding natural straw with its untreated weed and grass seeds,  so you should get fewer weeds.


Are there any landscaping considerations I should know about?
Since Luckie’s Artificial Straw does not crumble like natural pine straw, groundcovers like liriope should not be cut back using a lawn mower or weed whacker.

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