TEXTRAW Synthetic Pine Needles

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What is it?

Textraw is synthetic pine straw made from recycled polypropylene, which does not absorb water or chemicals. It recycles easily, from bottle scrap, carpet backing, fiber and yarn.

Why was Textraw developed?

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 absorbant, it’s an attractive environment for pests, requires additional water and chemicals, and imports weed seeds into the garden.

Who uses Textraw?

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


Estimated 4-year life-cycle savings are 40-50%. Textraw has a 4 year warranty. Accelerated weatherometer tests show no fading over this period. With proper maintenance, life-cycle will be significantly extended.

In addition to the pure cost benefits, there are indirect cost benefit considerations:

  • No environment for insects means fewer bugs and less insecticides for bug control.
  • No weed seeds and mold spores means less allergies and herbicides.



Textraw vs. Pine straw

Feature Textraw Pinestraw
Availability Dependable year-round production Seasonal; spotty
Color Consistent longleaf pine reddish-brown “spring” needles, the most prized Inconsistent; depends on season, species, freshness, weather
Needle Quality Consistent mixture of 9-10″ strand lengths to simulate highly-desired old, original longleaf pine needles Highly variable by species on pine; mostly loblolly and slash, with 6-10″ needles
Color Retention UV-stabilized; tested; warranted to retain color for 4 years Decomposes immediately; turns brown; bleached gray in 6-12 months
Volume Loss None; does not decompose 100% loss; most in first six months
Installation Clean, easy, quick Gloves recommended
Maintenance Turns, fluffs easily; extends life Crumbles when turned or fluffed; top-dress every 4-6 months
Moisture Retention Passes moisture to soil and helps prevent evaporation; patented concave needle profile funnels all moisture to soil Needles absorb and trap moisture
Abrasion and Crumble Resistance Highly resistant to foot traffic and handling Becomes increasingly brittle with age
Soil Nutrition Over years, breaks down into harmless carbon, hydrogen, calcium carbonate and iron oxide Increases acidity
Breathability Maintains breathability; helps oxygenate soil and deter mold and fungus growth Mats, thatches and becomes spongy; decomposes and acts like second soil layer, causing roots to grow “up”
Contaminants None, always clean, pure , sterile bales Even when hand-combed, contains weeds, grass seed, mold spores, pine pollen, insects, fungus, mildew, sticks, twigs, leaves and pine cones
Insects Does not attract insects Damp environment attracts insects, especially ants, roaches and termites
Bed Preparation / Weeds Rake out old straw once; pre-emerge once; less weeds Rake out old straw annually; pre-emerge annually; more weeds
Flammability Requires sustained exposure to flame to burn; will melt Highly flammable when dry
Chemical Resistance Not affected by herbicides or pesticides Absorbs chemicals
Rain / Water Resistance Will not absorb water; lighter than water and will float; not recommended for low-lying areas subject to flooding or run-off Will wash-away if used in areas subject to flooding or run-off
Environment / Harvesting Post-industrial recycled product; clean product can be recycled at end of useful life Unregulated; mechanized raking increases tree mortality; over-harvesting negatively affects forest growth and soil productivity, causes erosion and loss of wildlife habitat
Warranty Yes No
Coverage/Unit 50 sq ft @ 3.5″ depth Depends on bale size