Lancaster woodland home and gardenTraditional Landscape, Philadelphia
Hanselman Landscape and Gardens
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The soft bed of pine needles highlights the hard steppingstones on this woodland path in Pennsylvania.Pine needles. Pine needles form an excellent mulch most appropriate to a woodland setting with acid-loving evergreen trees and shrubs. Their high resin content makes them slow to break down, and their needlelike shape resists compaction. Pine needles make a good covering for pathways; however, because they can be slippery when wet, they aren’t so good on sloping paths. Pros: Is long-lived, offers excellent water permeability and thermal insulation, suppresses weeds well, retains moisture; improves soil quality slowly over time, is economical in areas with a lot of pine trees and has a pleasant scent.Cons: Comes in only one color and can get slippery when wet, especially on otherwise compacted surfaces.
Walks. This Philadelphia landscape uses ironstone obtained from nearby Hershey, Pennsylvania, for this beautiful garden path. Local natural materials such as this stone can be a better choice compared with engineered materials, which come with all of the downsides of manufacturing. They are also a better choice than natural materials that come from a distant location, as those require more energy and time to be shipped. Check into local sources whenever possible; you may make some unexpected finds.In the approach to the New York beach house below, some of the natural dune has been left intact, and it includes a wooden boardwalk, a design that has been used for decades in the area. The charming simplicity of this solution reinforces a sustainable trend that could be applied to locations other than sand dunes. When using wood in outdoor applications, you will want to consider its durability as well as its renewability. Stick with wood species that are easily replenished and commonly used in your area.
State tree: Pinus palustris, or longleaf pine, is an evergreen conifer that grows along the Gulf Coastal Plain from eastern Texas to southeastern Virginia. The tree got its name from having the longest leaves of the eastern pine species. The needle-like leaves grow in bunches of three and can grow up to 18 inches long. The extremely long needles are popular for use in the ancient craft of making coiled baskets. In 1949 the Alabama legislature first designated the state tree as “the southern pine tree.” It wasn’t until 1997 that longleaf pine was specified.Longleaf pines were historically used for lumber, resin and turpentine, but due to deforestation and overharvesting, only about 3 percent of the original longleaf pine forest remains, and little new is planted. Longleaf pines are available, however, at many nurseries in the Southeast.Tip: Dried longleaf pine needles work well as a ground cover in gardens, as seen here.
3. Woodland path. Fragrant pine-needle mulch surrounds round stepping stones leading to a bamboo and stone fountain in this wooded garden. A pathway like this is a wonderful way to bring a bit of magic to a shady spot in the yard.