bushell
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huge pine tree giving off masses of needles

Hi I'm from Sydney Australia and have a large 10 metre pine tree in my front garden. In our hot summer the tree sheds masses of dry needles-I do mean masses. Usually I just rake them up load up our green waste bin,which is collected every two weeks. Frankly I would like to use this resource and perhaps add something which would break down the needles into a neutral useful compost.
I understand the needles are quite acid and of course they are quite bulky and very quickly fill up any container, so I guess my question is, is there a way to break down the mass , equalise the the acid, so I can use the material as a useful compost/mulch?

Bobberman
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I mix my pine in with the soil when i spade or use them with a mulch! Some plants love them. a touch of lime if you use them will neutralize the acid. Great on strawberrys! I had a 50 foot tree all ground up last year with lots of needles and its all in the soil now completely gone! I had about 3 pick up loads and wish I had more this year!
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ruggr10
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You can mulch tomatoes and strawberries or blueberries with them. they love it.

dustyrivergardens
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acid loving plants like the ones mentioned above should love the pine needles. My soil is really alkaline so I can throw pine needles just about everywhere and not worry to much about it.

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The acids in yard waste break down into neutral compost.

Think of your pine duff as a brown, add some greens like kitchen scraps as you get them and some water.
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Bobberman
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Pine needles makes a great airater and compost material. Old pine trees have about a foot or great soil under them from years of deposit. Although it is dry it maks a great mix with any soil!
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dustyrivergardens
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Im sorry I should have said I compost alot of pine needles then once its composted I throw it everywhere.lol

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