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Pine Needles???

Posted by alamo5000 (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 13, 09 at 21:25

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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RE: Pine Needles???

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.


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RE: Pine Needles???

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


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RE: Pine Needles???

Send some my way when you are done!

Dan


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RE: Pine Needles???

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....


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