Pine and Spruce Needles Increase Soil Acidity – An Old Wives Tale Debunked

Gardeners all over the internet seem to agree that dead pine and spruce needles have a high acidity and therefore will acidify any soil where they are used as mulch or dug-into the soil to decay and feed the soil for the following year.

But the truth is, while live needles on the tree are in fact acidic and while the fallen, dead needles are somewhat acidic, they decay so slowly that they do not alter soil pH at all or so little that it really doesn’t make any difference. And here’s how I know…

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A Warning to Gardeners: Your Manure or Compost May Be Contaminated with Aminopyralid Herbicide

If you are a gardener and you use any composted manures or compost from an outside source (whether you buy them or get them for free), thinking that it’s safe, organic and full of goodness, THINK AGAIN.

Farmers and other sources of manure and compost often treat their land with herbicides, some of which are designed to not break down in an animals digestive system.  One such herbicide is aminopyralid, which is a selective, hormone-based, broad-leaf herbicide.  Aminopyralid is marketed under many brand names throughout the world and is used on hay, grain corn and grass crops to suppress broad-leaf weeds.  If unknowingly introduced into your garden or farm, the affects can be devastating.

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