We have 4 pine trees along the back fence of our yard. They are not massive trees but they are big enough that they drop lots of needles. It seems a waste to let the pine needles just lay there and rot so I thought I’d use them as mulch.
I know that strawberry plants like them and I have used some around my strawberries but there are plenty more that I can use on other plants.
Because pine needles can make the soil slightly acidic I thought I’d look into the plants that I can mulch them with. Even before I did my research my first thought went to azaleas because, like strawberries, they also like a slightly acidic soil.
After doing some research I was quite amazed by the number of plants that benefit from pine mulch. I thought it might just be a select few that would like pine needle much. It was exactly the opposite thought. From what I have read I have quite a few plants in my garden that could benefit from pine mulch!
Some Plants in My Garden that I can Mulch with Pine Needles
The effect on soil pH is not the only benefit of using pine needles around the garden.
Other Benefits of using Pine Needles as Mulch
- They are slow to break down so they last longer
- The needles weave together so they doesn’t blow away or wash away on slopes
- They allow good moisture retention
- You can use them like a blanket in winter to protect plants from the cold
If you want a full list of plants that benefit from pine needle mulch or more information on using pine needle mulch have a look at the following links.