Effects Of Pine Needles On Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Granada Hills, SC
Question by FrankB9742
March 9, 2001
Will pine needles falling on the soil around strawberry plants or flowers hurt them?

Answer from NGA
March 9, 2001


Pine needles are acidic and sometimes people worry that they will affect the pH of their soil. But any change in soil acidity is negligible. Pine needles are actually a recommended mulch for strawberries, as they help retain soil moisture, reduce soil temperatures, and inhibit weeds. As they break down (slowly) they will add organic matter to the soil.

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