Re: [gardeners] pine needles

George Shirley (
Thu, 09 Apr 1998 05:06:51

At 12:36 AM 4/9/98 -0400, you wrote:
>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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Sometimes that's what it takes. Had no idea you had that many pines. Pine
trees aren't desirable trees on property here but, then, ours are southern
pine not white pine. How about putting them on the bottom of a new compost
heap and giving them more time to rot?