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Old 10-06-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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I have a friend asking me for advice on pine mulch. Specifically, the kind that comes in 50 pound rolls. I'm a tightwad and use free mulch. I can't vouch for the premium stuff.

Who's used it? Pros and cons, please!
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:50 AM   #2
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Use it. Use it in quantities. I love the stuff. Gimme more more more!!! Cons would be to watch your supplier. You don't want to get weed seed.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:51 PM   #3
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Hardwood bark mulch can cause a buildup of calcium and potassium in the soil increasing pH and causing an imbalance in soil minerals that can interfere with nutrient uptake. The minerals in pine needles are balanced and therefore, their decomposition does not create an imbalance in the soil.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
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I have a friend asking me for advice on pine mulch. Specifically, the kind that comes in 50 pound rolls. I'm a tightwad and use free mulch. I can't vouch for the premium stuff.

Who's used it? Pros and cons, please!
I am biased towards the stuff.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:25 AM   #5
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the kind that comes in 50 pound rolls
What are rolls of mulch?
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:36 AM   #6
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Apparently they take pine needles and use a modified baler to make round bales of pine straw.

This one's about the baler machines.
AGRIQUIP.com :: Star :: Pine Straw Baling Photos

Interview with someone who sells the machines. Pine Straw - The Money Making Mulch
"Pine needles are a very popular material used for landscape mulching because of it’s attractive appearance and it’s resistance to washing away. "
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:40 AM   #7
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Neat. We don't get that around here. I have to buy bags of pine bark, and use leaves (and pine needles) as I can get them.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:02 PM   #8
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Very neat and tidy.

We have leaf pick up from piles in the street in our town.

I stake out trees in neighbors front yards and try to get the pine needle piles before they are contaminated with too many leaves from other trees.
(I have plenty of those other leaves in my own yard and use them in the compost piles.)

I picked up my first 3 bags today while walking the dogs.

It gives new meaning, and a rather sophisticated air (at least that's what I tell myself as I pretend I'm really not carrying huge bags of leaves home from a walk) , to the term bag lady.

I do have to say that I don't use them in most paths as mulch (except the contained vegetable garden) because it does wash away in the rain. I save them for the garden beds especially around the smaller plants that would be smothered with leaves so I wait until after leaves fall and are collected to spread and thin layer of pine needles.
Whatever is left gets spread after the ground is frozen.


For the paths I'm trying mini pine bark mulch and hoping it's heavier and will stay in place and an end edging on the slope.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:52 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the info. I think I will check it out. Sounds good.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:05 PM   #10
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I am biased toward pine mulch myself. It can be used anywhere based on my personal experiences.
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