[gardeners] pine needles

penny x stamm (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 00:36:05 -0400

George, we always leave the pine needles which fall 
down upon the azaleas, andromedas, and rhododendrons.
Yes, they make a wonderful mulch. 

But many more needles fall or blow over to the lawn -- 
there's a 70 ft "hedge" of 60 ft white pine trees on the west
side of the property, and the prevailing winds carry the 
needles right over. Those were what we had added to the
compost last fall, and which have neither matted down nor
decomposed. Jimmie grabbed off whatever he could this
morning, and threw them away. 

Next fall perhaps I can get him to pick them up with the 
bagging mower. Some people say to run leaves thru the
mower twice, but we have not done that. I guess Jimmie 
can't face the extra labor.....  Should we mow up the pine
needles twice...???   

Penny, zone 6, NY

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