The Grounds Department imported Florida Pine Straw to use around campus in the landscape beds. Small scale experiments have been in place to evaluate mulch around campus, the past three years. Some of the products used were cherry pits, rubber mulch, ground pallet mulch, hardwood mulch, conifer mulch and pine straw. Pine straw proved to be the winner for several reasons. The pine straw comes from harvesting the fallen needles of the longleaf and slash pine. No trees were harmed in the making of this mulch! Other mulches are best delivered in the spring and frost laws can delay delivery. Pine straw is best harvested in the fall and can be delivered then stored very easily. Pine straw is a natural landscaping mulch (garden mulch) that is attractive, decomposes slowly, resists compaction, and is easy to work with.