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Joined: 8/04/2011
Location: Las Vegas, NM
Posts: 9
Posted: Aug/07/2011 5:53 PM PST

I have a pondarosa pine tree in my back yard and it drops a lot of needles and a lot of pine cones. Can I use the pine needles and pine cones as mulch? Do I need to break up the pine cones? I just laid some new seed and wanted to use the crushed up cones but my son said just to place the cones there but I am worried that they will not let the seed come up. Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
Joined: 11/09/2010
Location: Chicago area - zone 5
Posts: 15
Posted: Aug/11/2011 12:37 PM PST

Hello mjh1960. Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area.
What kind of seed did you plant? If it was grass seed, the pine needles and cones
will interfere with the seed growth by creating too acid a soil environment. Get rid
of the needles and cones. I would also get a soil test kit and test your soil for pH. If it is
too high then the cones and needles would help lower the pH into the right range. If not,
then get rid of them. Take care.
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Joined: 12/18/2007
Location: Jabez Kentucky
Posts: 10142
Posted: Oct/19/2011 7:55 PM PST

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