[NAFEX] mulching with pine needles

tanis cuff tanistanis at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 30 13:38:01 EDT 2004


Doreen & Mark:

Pine needles are for my irises & other flower beds.  Usually don't have any 
left over for the orchards. I think I put a few under a couple trees last 
fall, but if there was a detrimental effect, that was the least of '04 
problems.


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From: markl <>
To: <nafex>
Subject: [NAFEX] mulching with pine needles
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 15:37:16 -0400 (EDT)

I know mulching with pine needles has been discussed here before.  The 
advice that these are to be avoided since they make the soil acid has been 
exposed as a myth.  I heard a new reason not to mulch with pine needles.  A 
county extension agent said these should not be used for mulch since they 
contain resins that are bad for fruit trees.  I didn't know how to respond 
to that.  I think that is a myth also.  Next time I hear that advice I want 
to have a comeback.  Any thoughts...
-Mark Lee, Seattle  zone 8a

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