What speculations are you talking about. I think I've seen a few and wondered
were the same. I suppose we love pine needle mulch down here because it doesn't
like shredded wood in the sun and though delicate, breaks down very slowly. If
I HAD to
buy mulch, I'd buy pine straw bales.
Pine needles are not always an appropriate mulch. For me to assume
that because I like something makes it the best choice seems silly and
baseless. This really becomes obvious when assessing compost derived
from different sources bilogically. Pinus for the most part are fungal
dominated soils. Pine mulch isn't a very good choice for vegies and
turf. IMHO (and some smarter than I)
BTW Vic how the heck is your garden these days? and you? :>)
I have never been better and the garden is trying to sleep. The days are 70s
and we had a
few almost freezes, nothing too speak of. I believe our garden is finally at a
where things can be allowed to grow and things are settling in. The coming
spring will be
the fourth in this garden and it should be the best year to date.
I keep threatening to rent a sod cutter and this winter on a warm day I intend
to do that
and remove many thousands of sq ft of sod. Sod, the waste of the century, IMO,
Other than that, my life is indeed beyond my wildest dreams. I don't like the
having anything in common with Rush Limbaugh, as it seems he now includes, with
terminology of recovery in his lengthy diatribes of hatred. I'm a liberal and
want to say
FU, but I'm a Buddhist, so I say ILY. That'll have to do. :)
How's the slots?
Tibetan Buddhism in the Mahayan tradition. I study under, but not directly,
She is a western born Tibetan Buddhist nun, who lives at Ghempo Abbey in Nova
course, I also study the working of The Dalai Lama, naturally!
I do a considerable amount of composting - about 35 yards per year,
probably more next year. I use a lot of leaves, grass clippings and
manure. The leaves invariably have some pine needles mixed in. One
year later , when I have beautiful compost the one defect is the pine
needles. They are black from the surrounding compost but otherwise
unaffected. I have no idea how long it take to compost them as I
have only been doing this for three years and it takes longer than
Once composted pine needles have no effect on the ph of soil. Go ahead and
use them for compost. Personally, I find pine needles are fantastic for
winter protection or mulch, which means I didn't compost them. I wish I had
access to pine needles where I live now.
Should be okay. I've used them in tree basins for years with no
problems but in our desert climate the soil as well as the irrigation
water is alkaline. Whole needles are slow to break down due the resins
but grinding them should help. I would also be interested in knowing if
anybody has any knowledge about the detrimental effect of the resins, if
any, on plants.
I am really not sure about the effects of resin from pine needles, But I
have 28 large pine trees and all the needles go in the garden, around blue
berry bushes and in the compost bins, this I have been doing at this
locations for 22 years now and all my friends marvel at my garden.
Just my $.02
It's possible that the chemical breaks down over time, hence it is okay for
compost. As for mulch, the chemical only affects *some* plants, so your
strawberries, blueberries, random acidophilic plants, et al., based on
empirical observation, should be okay. I posted a couple of links earlier,
but they were just the first relevant ones from a yahoo search. The first
one might have been just a thesis proposal and so very light on content.
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