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Old 12-17-2018, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Wow. That's what I want. Now I just need a few thousand dollars to make it happen. Certainly would solve the pine needles problem.
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Old 12-17-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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Don't they have a vacuum for that?
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Old 12-17-2018, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Don't they have a vacuum for that?
Yeah I have one myself. It won’t suck up the 12” Longleaf needles from my trees, but it should the ones the OP has.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Yes, I know. I have a leaf blower. It blows the leaves up in the air and they land in the neighbor's yard. I think maybe it has too much power. Maybe a smaller one ? And the leaves are not the problem. It's the pine needles, about 3 inches long.
Let Mother Nature run her course. The pine needles will decay and provide fertilizer for the trees and other plants and some mulch to retain water in the summer. You have a forest under-story yard, not a lawn. You might add some ground-cover plants that are ideal for growing in the acid environment under conifer trees. It would be a very low-maintenance yard and not look bad.

Here's a photo of part of my backyard, with St. John's worts (not the common type), lemon-balm and wild wood violets growing under Douglas fir, spruce, giant sequoia and assorted oak and fruit trees. There's large sections of sword ferns, Indian plum and rhododendrons, also. There's no maintenance at all on the under-story, just pruning and removing dead limbs on the trees. There's narrow pathways that wind throughout the yard. The birds love the environment and there are several species that nest in the trees and shrubs.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7085/2...63c7f870_b.jpg
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Sometimes it makes more sense to embrace the natural thing. In NC at my sons house, there are Pines everywhere. His yard is covered with pine needles over sandy soil, and there is no maintenance.
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Old 12-20-2018, 04:17 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Hasn't anyone invented some tool that will rake up JUST the needles?
I'm imagining a kitty litter box on a grand scale.

Twice a week a buried grid (hardware cloth?) is vibrated and raised sifting out the sand.
After the leaves are collected the grid vibrates itself back into the soft sand.
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I'm imagining a kitty litter box on a grand scale.

Twice a week a buried grid (hardware cloth?) is vibrated and raised sifting out the sand.
After the leaves are collected the grid vibrates itself back into the soft sand.
Good ! Please start working on it !!!
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