Asked on Apr 27, 2017

What is the best way to use pine needles raked up on my property?

P McCammonDana BaierC. D. Scallan


I have a small lot, about 5,000 square feet, with a half-dozen old-growth pines surrounding the house. They are beautiful, majestic, tall. I love them, and I love the feel of the needles all over the property when they drop out of the trees and carpet the landscape. Leaving them more or less where they fall has been my preferred choice, but I am wondering if there is something I can do with them, besides bagging and putting by the curb.
6 answers
  • They make great mulch for flower and vegetable gardens as well as nice fire starters if you have a fire place or fire pit.
  • Judy Ferrell
    on Apr 27, 2017

    use them as mulch around flower beds.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Be careful using the pine needles on certain flowers,shrubs etc,not all plants will tolerate the acidity from pine.
  • C. D. Scallan
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Use them as mulch in your own flower beds. Offer to trade for flowers, fruits , vegetables at the local co-op.
  • Dana Baier
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Going along with the mulch ideas, they can be chopped up & use as mulch in any potted plants as well!
  • P McCammon
    on Apr 27, 2017

    great mulch. They have an natural ingredient that kills weeds too. They do add acid to soil
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