Your husband is pulling your leg. Pine needles are acidic so you will have
to monitor your soil's pH and be ready to add some lime. Another thing to
do is run through the needles with the lawn mower before spreading around
your plants. It makes them easier to spread around the plants and makes for
a little denser layer.
If your soil pH is 6.5 or above, they will be great. If not, you may
want to correct the mulch by adding lime or wood ash, I am guessing
two lb of wood ash
per 100 sqft, if you have 2 inches of mulch. As others have pointed
out, this mulch will work only for established plants, if you plant
seeds in pine needles, even if properly composted, they will not
sprout. Too young seedlings will have similar problems.
Not a good idea. Pine needles have a chemical (I forget the name)
which retards growth. I learned this the hard way when I mulched my
acid-loving blueberries with pine needles and wondered why they would
not grow. Once I learned about the pine needles growth retarding
properties I removed the mulch and replaced it with compost. Nice
healthy blueberry bushes now.
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