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Question: 355-1516
I have been using pine needles in my flower and vegetable beds. Should I remove them now that spring is here? Pat, Templeton, MA

Mort's Answer:
After the snow disappears, I would take out the needles and put them in a compost pile and cover the pile. Pine and cedar are alternate hosts with flowering fruit trees and some other trees and shrubs for rusts. These fungi spend the winters in the evergreens and appear in late spring for the summer holidays on deciduous plants, where they continue to flourish. By placing the pine needles in a compost pile in the fall, they will be sterilized through the winter. This is opposite to what you are doing and adverse to what the fungi want.

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