How to Spread Pine Needles


The idea of using pine needles that naturally litter the ground as mulch appeals to many gardeners. Not only are pine needles inexpensive and readily available, but they also make an attractive mulch while effectively keeping plant roots warm and weeds out of a flowerbed. Whether you purchase pine needle mulch or use your own pine needles to spread around the soil area, spread pine needles in a thick layer to mulch your growing areas.

Step 1

Transport the pine needles to the area you wish to mulch. Dump a load of pine needles over the soil in a way that will not damage any existing plants.

Step 2

Rake the pine needles out into an even layer over the soil. Strive to create a 2-inch-thick layer of pine needles to help insulate the soil and prevent weeds.

Step 3

Check through the pine needles looking for debris as you spread them. If you find pine cones or sticks incorporated into the pine needles, remove these objects and discard them.

Step 4

Pull the pine needles away from the stems and stalks of any plants growing to prevent the pine needles from touching your sensitive plants. Keep the pine needles approximately 2 inches away from all plant foliage.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheelbarrow or garden cart
  • Garden rake


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