Pine needles can be extremely unsightly and annoying.

They create a huge mess all over the yard and you can never keep them all picked up.

Luckily, there are many benefits of repurposing them and putting them to good use as a garden mulch.

You just have to know which plants prefer this type of mulch

The benefits of pine needle mulching in Spoken Garden's DIY garden minute podcast


In “Pine Needle Mulch Benefits, Exposed” – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 62 – we’ll explain how you can re-purpose those pine needles in your garden. 

This episode is meant for any level of gardener who wants to learn about the benefits of pine needle mulch.  

Pine Needle Mulching

There are several reasons to choose pine needles for your mulching needs. 

It all depends on your preferences.

The difference between using pine tree needles vs. all other types of mulch is that when the needles breakdown, they will increase the acidity of your garden soil. 

As a result, the needles will drop the pH of the surrounding soil.

This is great news for your acid-loving plants, like rhododendrons and azaleas.

Be sure the pine needles are both pest-free and disease-free.

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Importance of Mulching

Pine tree needles work well as a mulch in your garden because they do the same exact thing that arborist or other types of woodchip mulch do. 

All types of mulch are important because they:

  • Suppress weeds 
  • Help retain soil moisture 
  • Help reduce erosion
  • They keep plant roots cool in the summer and insulated in the winter
  • They add to the overall aesthetic of your garden

For more information about Mulching in general, check out “How to Mulch: 6 Basic Steps for Mulching Anytime of Year“.


Mulching Tools

Successful mulching takes proper skill and the right tools.

In order to get started, you need a good pitchfork, rake, round shovel, a tarp, and probably a wheelbarrow.

Our recommendations below are products and brands that we’ve used for years and could not live without while spreading mulch all over our front and back yard.

We hope these will be helpful for you too.

Round Shovel

Hard Metal Rake

                         Pitch Fork



Garden rake

A Blower would be helpful too for cleanup

Pine Needle Mulch Conclusion

Mulching is an important garden maintenance task used for weed suppression, retaining moisture and more.

Pine needles make a great mulch for plants that can handle a more acidic soil.

With proper mulching know-how, you can improve the overall health of your garden for years to come and repurpose all those pine needles in your yard.

It’s a win-win!


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Today’s Topic: 

Pine Needle Mulch

Learn how you can utilize pine needles for mulch including basic mulching know-how.


Show Notes

How to Mulch Cheat Sheet

What You’ll Learn:

  • Benefits of using pine needles for mulch
  • Which plants prefer pine needle mulch
  • General mulching tips and tricks


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