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Re: Re: CULT: mulch

In a message dated 12/26/2002 9:06:56 AM Central Standard Time, 
laurief@paulbunyan.net writes:

> Feeling pretty doggone foolish asking this question, but what exactly 
> *is* pine straw?  Is this just the dead pine needles that accumulate on 
> the ground around the bases of pine trees?  Composted or not?

You are correct (the brown needles shed by the tree). Most people when using 
them as a mulch, use them as collected under trees and allow them to compost 
in the place where they are spread as mulch. They add a rich black color to 
the soil as they compost. They usually compost more or less completely in 12 
months and like most organic mulches require replacement annually. Bales, 
approximately 2 feet square by 4 feet long, may often be purchased from 

Bill Burleson 7a/b
Old South Iris Society

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