Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pine needles - free mulch and myths

I came across this gem while spending too much time on the computer gathering important gardening information.

Pine needles: Pine needles are a trim-looking mulch for garden beds. They allow water to pass through easily and they break down slowly. Despite what you may have heard, using pine-needle mulch will not make your soil significantly more acid.

Oh! I had heard about the aciditity of pine mulch and had only used the mulch on my blue berries and strawberries as a result - found it to be great but was nervous to use it else where.

Darn stupid myths! All that free mulch sitting outside my door just waiting to be used.  I am going to pine mulch everything. Look out potatoes, no more $12 bales for you.

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