Some Raleigh homeowners feel safe with pine straw
Pine straw has been cited as a contributing factor in several fires in Raleigh and the city council is expected to consider an ordinance to move it away from the side of some homes. Still, some local homeowners say they feel safe using the product.Posted — Updated
Carolyn Allen, of Raleigh, said she has always used pine straw in her garden.
“I do not like mulch up against my house because that can cause termites,” Allen said Thursday.
“I think 20 to 30 feet is excessive,” said Ronnie Horne, vice president of Commercial Pine Straw in Raleigh.
Horne, who is a member of the Pine Needles Producers Association, supports the fire marshal's recommendation specifically addressing pine straw near structures with a combustible exterior surface.
“But for all the other properties (made of) concrete, brick and hardiplank, all those materials, it’s not an issue,” Horne said.
Pat Law said she uses mulch for her flowerbeds and a strip of pine straw near her brick home. Law said she wouldn’t feel as safe having pine straw if her home were made of siding.
Allen said she doesn’t have any concerns with pine straw up against her brick home either. She plans to replenish in the fall and hopes she'll still be able to.
“I’d hate to see them do that (prohibit where pine straw can be placed), especially with so many people using it,” she said.
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