Pine Needles???

alamo5000February 13, 2009

I am growing a tomato garden here in SE Texas with about 75 plants plus some other veggies.

We have a whole lot of pine trees, so I am wondering...

If I collect a lot of pine needles and cover my garden with a nice thick layer, is this a good method to supress weeds?

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Absolutely. Use a good 3 to 4 inches and pull the mulch back about an inch all around the stems of your plants. This will reduce your weeds by 99 percent. Make a commitment to hand pull the few that do make their way up before they flower and in about 3 years you'll have virtually complete control.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 9:48AM
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kiddo_1(NE OH 5)

I've used pine needles for mulch on tomatoes and peppers for years. Wonderful transfer of air and water, smothers weeds without matting, does not wash away in a cloudburst, and free. And contrary to some thought, does not acidify the soil. Great stuff!
Kris

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 10:31AM
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Dan Staley

Send some my way when you are done!

Dan

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 12:05PM
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alamo5000

Thanks guys!

I looked up on the internet (just for kicks) and I officially live right in the middle of more than 250 square miles of solid pine trees...

They have been burning all the underbrush lately so I don't think they will mind if I rake up some pine needles...

If I can figure some way to bale it up I could export the stuff....

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 3:21PM
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