Where do pine needles come from?
Every morning our trucks load up the trailers with fresh pine needles/pine straw in central South Carolina, for delivery to Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Having our trucks pick-up directly from the fields ensures that our customers receive a quality product. The only downside to picking up from the fields vs. storing the needles on tractor trailers is that, if it rains, we have to wait a day before we can begin to rake more pine needles, as the pine needles need a day to dry before raking and baling. Once the trucks are loaded with needles, then we then head out to make deliveries scheduled for that day.
These videos and pictures were taken to help educate our customers about Pine Needles, as many people often ask us, Where do pine needles come from? How are pine needles raked and baled? Are your pine needles hand-baled?. In central South Carolina and in the Pinehurst area of North Carolina, large tracts of Long Leaf and Short Leaf Pine Needle trees reside. It is on these tracts of land that people rake the pine needles, by hand, into a pile. From that pile, they take two hands and grab a bunch of needles, they take the needles and insert them into a wooden or metal box (for baling). Once the box is full, they compress the needles, and wrap two orange strings around the bales. They then open the box and remove the finished product, a bale of pine needles. The bales are then ready for distribution, delivery and spreading.
Did you know??…That the North Carolina State Tree is the Long Leaf Pine Tree?
“The long leaf pine was officially designated as the State Tree by the General Assembly of 1963.The pine is the most common of the trees found in North Carolina, as well as the most important one in the history of our State. During the Colonial and early Statehood periods, the pine was a vital part of the economy of North Carolina. From it came many of the ‘naval stores’ - resin, turpentine, and timber - needed by merchants and the navy for their ships. The pine has continued to supply North Carolina with many important wood products, particularly in the building industry.”