White Pine Needles for flower bed mulch - Knowledgebase Question

Brecksville, OH
Question by mgmichal
October 18, 2006
My perennial flower bed is located next to a large White Pine and the wind drops all the needles into the bed. Is is OK to leave the needles as a mulch for the bed or should they be removed?

Answer from NGA
October 18, 2006


Pine needles can be a good natural organic mulch, especially if you are growing perennials that like an acidic soil. Otherwise, you could mix them with other mulch materials and/or compost them along with other ingredients and then use that as mulch for flowers or shrubs.

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