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Uses for Pinecones

By eclayne
October 31, 2011

If you have lots of conifer trees in your yard and have been wondering what to do with all those cones after the crafts projects are done, try using them as a decorative mulch. I use cones from the Eastern White Pines (P. strobus). Lay down felted landscaping fabric and include an 8-12" mow strip of your favorite mulch at the perimeter. New additions every year keep it looking fresh. The only downside I've seen to date is that the squirrels sometimes raid it.

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plantladylin
Oct 30, 2011 6:04 PM CST
I don't have conifers but if I did I would surely use this tip ... not only a great idea for mulch but very nice looking too!
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Oct 30, 2011 6:16 PM CST
I agree
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valleylynn
Oct 30, 2011 6:34 PM CST
I agree
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vic
Oct 30, 2011 7:19 PM CST
What a clever idea - we have tons of pine cones.
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skellogg
Oct 30, 2011 7:29 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Great tip!
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StephGTx
Oct 30, 2011 8:20 PM CST
Very clever idea. Now I wish I had some in my yard Hilarious!
I really like the additional texture it lends to the landscape as well Lovey dubby
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2011 6:57 AM CST
I have been using pine cone mulch under the shrubs around our house to keep the dogs from digging and sleeping there. Works well!
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plantladylin
Oct 31, 2011 8:59 AM CST
I miss having lots of pine trees for all that free mulch and I really like the natural look of those cones under the tree.
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fiwit
Feb 27, 2013 11:42 AM CST
vic said:What a clever idea - we have tons of pine cones.


what she said!
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stone
Aug 8, 2013 7:58 AM CST
Last winter... I used those pine cones inside the house...
My cat killed some of my plants...
And after covering the soil in the pots with pine cones... it became a less-desirable place [for her] to dig.
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RoseBlush1
Mar 31, 2014 10:59 AM CST
I know this is an old thread, but I just need to add another use ... hope you don't mind.

I heat my home with wood and like to have a "one-match" fire when I need to rebuild the fire because it has gone out. When I am putting together my kindling for the fire, I include a few small pine cones because they burn for long time and the kindling always takes.

Or if I am bringing a night fire back, I throw a few down on the burning coals before I add my small wood to get my day fire going.

@stone ........

This year I am using the small pine cones in my flower beds under the eves of my house to convince my cat that he does not want to do his business there but needs to search out another spot, of which there are plenty, for that kind of business.

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porkpal
Mar 31, 2014 11:25 AM CST
The pine cone fire-starters work even better if you drizzle them with wax from candle stubs.
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RoseBlush1
Mar 31, 2014 11:29 AM CST
True, if you want to go to the bother. Since I heat for wood, not just a comforting fire, I keep it simple. They work just fine without the extra treatment ... Smiling

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Lyn
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