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Bringing Linwood Cemetery Alive!

Free Pine Needles

June 15th, 2010 by Alexandra

Linwood Cemetery is surrounded by pines and best buy viagra pines have self-seeded within the cemetery in the past.  The acidity of pine needles means they damage the concrete and stone of a plot.  We don’t have the resources to regularly remove pine needles from every grave, though we try to pull out any new self-seeded pines when we find them.

Did you know that pine needles make an excellent mulch for plants that like acidic soil?

Azaleas, rhododendron, chrysanthemum and roses all appreciate acid soil. Onions, garlic, mint and tomatoes are just a few of the plants in your vegetable and herb garden which would also enjoy the acid boost.

Bring a large bag and gloves, a rake and leaf scoops and help yourself to the pine needles in Linwood Cemetery!  Please leave the place tidy when you leave.

You’ll need  a 3 inch layer of needles for the area you are mulching. Pine needles break down slowly, so this initial layer should last 3 to 5 months before you need to think about adding more.

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  • Step 2

    Each type of mulch provides it’s own unique appearance as it ages. Pine needles lend a rich brown surface with fine texture to the area that they cover.

  • Step 3

    Another benefit of pine needles as mulch is that they shade the soil in the summertime, keeping it cooler than the ambient temperature. This also prevents moisture from evaporating before the roots have a chance to drink their fill. In colder months, a layer of pine needles acts as a blanket to protect the tender root system of the plant.

  • Step 4

    The final (and my favorite) benefit of pine needle mulch has to do with weeds. Almost any mulch will cut down on the number of weeds in your garden. With pine needle mulch, the few weeds that manage to survive are incredibly easy to pull, roots and all.

  • Step 5

    Start with a 3 inch layer of needles. Pine needles break down slowly, so this initial layer should last 3 to 5 months before you need to think about adding more.

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