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Post  SouthernBoy on 12/25/2014, 6:53 pm

Being brand new to the forum and to gardening I'm not sure what is and isn't useful but thanks to a early freeze my cypress tree is denuded of needles.  Can I use them as a mulch on top of my garden?  I wouldn't use pine but don't know about cypress.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/25/2014, 8:05 pm

I often use pine needles as mulch, but I'm not sure about Cypress needles. I think that just about anything that sits atop the bed can be used as mulch.

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Post  SouthernBoy on 12/25/2014, 8:46 pm

Thank you!  I intend to use the cypress and maybe round up some pine from the neighborhood.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 12/25/2014, 11:03 pm

I just watched a great video a couple weeks ago, but can't remember the name or where (ever done that?!)

A scientist explained that pine needles, though acidic, don't turn your soil acidic.  It's actually other issues with the forest that produce generally acidic conditions.  So pine needles and almost any type of tree's branches 3 inch diameter or less will make good mulch.  The two exceptions I'm aware of are black walnut and eucalyptus, both of which produce substances that hinder the growth of other plants.

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Post  sanderson on 12/26/2014, 2:16 am

SouthernBoy,  Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here  There are other Floridians on this site.  If you want, please go to "Introduce yourself" and tell us a little about your garden hopes and dreams.  Will you be using the All New Square Foot Gardening" as your garden foundation?

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/26/2014, 9:15 am

Hi SouthernBoy!  Welcome & Merry (late) Christmas from Atlanta, GA.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/26/2014, 9:17 am

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I just watched a great video a couple weeks ago, but can't remember the name or where (ever done that?!)

A scientist explained that pine needles, though acidic, don't turn your soil acidic.  It's actually other issues with the forest that produce generally acidic conditions.  So pine needles and almost any type of tree's branches 3 inch diameter or less will make good mulch.  The two exceptions I'm aware of are black walnut and eucalyptus, both of which produce substances that hinder the growth of other plants.

Audrey, if you ever remember the name or anything else about that video would you please post it? I'd be very interested in seeing it.

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Post  yolos on 12/26/2014, 9:35 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I just watched a great video a couple weeks ago, but can't remember the name or where (ever done that?!)

A scientist explained that pine needles, though acidic, don't turn your soil acidic.  It's actually other issues with the forest that produce generally acidic conditions.  So pine needles and almost any type of tree's branches 3 inch diameter or less will make good mulch.  The two exceptions I'm aware of are black walnut and eucalyptus, both of which produce substances that hinder the growth of other plants.

Audrey, if you ever remember the name or anything else about that video would you please post it? I'd be very interested in seeing it.

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This may be the link she is talking about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B8-1sVcfzE

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/26/2014, 3:13 pm

@yolos wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:
@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I just watched a great video a couple weeks ago, but can't remember the name or where (ever done that?!)

A scientist explained that pine needles, though acidic, don't turn your soil acidic.  It's actually other issues with the forest that produce generally acidic conditions.  So pine needles and almost any type of tree's branches 3 inch diameter or less will make good mulch.  The two exceptions I'm aware of are black walnut and eucalyptus, both of which produce substances that hinder the growth of other plants.

Audrey, if you ever remember the name or anything else about that video would you please post it? I'd be very interested in seeing it.

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This may be the link she is talking about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B8-1sVcfzE

yep, I'll bet that's the one. It was great. Thanks

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