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?


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Answer from NGA
March 9, 2001

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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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