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PapaPogey
LSU Fan
Dulac, LA
Member since Apr 2008
37736 posts

Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
What are y’all putting in your beds this year? I’ve typically done mulch but I’m thinking of needles this year. Is there any place better than the other to buy this?


Neauxla
New Orleans Saints Fan
New Orleans
Member since Feb 2008
32830 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
I hate mulch! Such a pain to pull up and replace.

I just dug out my mulch in 1 bed and am replacing it with asian jasmine. (my bed is bushes and trees and a couple african iris. No flowers.


PapaPogey
LSU Fan
Dulac, LA
Member since Apr 2008
37736 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Yeah, I don’t have flowers either. I ain’t got time for that


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MikeBRLA
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2005
11891 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Pine straw is a type of mulch so I’m not quite sure what you are asking here.


ezride25
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They call me ez
Member since Nov 2008
18288 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Call Gomez. I’m about to place my order.


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jimbeam
USA Fan
University of LSU
Member since Oct 2011
59994 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
He’s likely referring to cypress mulch or similar.

I’m going with pine needles this year Boats


CrawDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
1538 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
I’m a pine straw advocate for landscape beds, but I’ll use pine bark or wood chip mulch in containers.


gmrkr5
LSU Fan
Apex, NC
Member since Jul 2009
14116 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
pine straw


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hungryone
LSU Fan
river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
10643 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
+1 on pine straw. Don’t buy cypress mulch, no one needs to cut cypress down, and those trees aren’t coming from managed forests/tree farms. Pine straw is renewable, inexpensive, and adds to the soil.

My Bama fan neighbor just pulled up bark nuggets and put down effing RUBBER chunks. WTF? Yeah, let’s find a way to spread non biodegradable waste over our soil. Next spring, he’ll be whining to me about his camellias not blooming....and he won’t ever admit that his black rubber mulch cooking their roots might be a contributing factor.


Boudreaux35
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re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
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My Bama fan neighbor just pulled up bark nuggets and put down effing RUBBER chunks. WTF? Yeah, let’s find a way to spread non biodegradable waste over our soil. Next spring, he’ll be whining to me about his camellias not blooming


Just advise him to plant some plastic bushes to go with his rubber mulch.


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AlxTgr
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re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Pine straw reminds me of pine trees, so I use mulch instead.


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Clint Torres
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Oct 2011
1816 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
termites don't eat pine straw.. so pine straw.


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Adam4848
LSU Fan
LA
Member since Apr 2006
13315 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
I like the smell of mulch....soooo mulch.

This post was edited on 3/24 at 1:18 pm


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Twenty 49
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
12689 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Pine straw works well for me. Keep an extra bale or two around. If the beds start looking a little rough or get leaves in them, just shake a few pads of new straw over it for a fresh look.

They usually have it in a semi-trailer in the lot of Home Depot and Lowes. Pay in the garden center and go load. I've paid more at a couple of local places, but I think it was the same quality.


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BottomlandBrew
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re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Pine straw > shredded



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ezride25
USA Fan
They call me ez
Member since Nov 2008
18288 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
I pass a newly built house every day, these morons put out straw over the entire yard instead of grass.


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BeerThirty
Red Stick
Member since May 2017
369 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Boats?

I just did pine straw, to that it was any easier to replace or less expensive, but I hate mulch and the maintenance. Hate after a good rain finding it in the yard or driveway and having to deal with it. I also went a little thicker than i would with mulch and will see if that curbs the weeds in the beds.


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TigerBalsagna
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tRedStick
Member since Jan 2015
518 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
I say needles. Mulch makes stank arse penis mushrooms.


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cuyahoga tiger
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NE Ohio via Tangipahoa
Member since Nov 2011
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re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
Wood mulch that isn't to "chuncky' and has the appropriate amount of fines (1/4" minus) and overs (1-1.5"), spread to a depth of 3 inches +/- will retain moisture better, inhibit weed growth better and will just look better longer than straw. Not to mention will add nitrogen to soul as it decomposes.

But it from your local bulk mulch provider instead of in a bag from a box store.


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tigeroarz1
Clemson Fan
Winston-Salem, NC
Member since Oct 2013
1694 posts

re: Mulch or pine needles in flower bed?
If it’s a landscape bed with plants you actually care about use double ground or shredded hardwood mulch (not cypress). Pine needles don’t really add any nutrients or retain that much moisture. The mulch breaks down and you’ll get beneficial microbes and earthworms.

Also I think it looks weird when there are tons of pine needles on the ground and not a pine tree in sight.
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