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Old 05-26-2019, 05:17 PM
 
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I have a number of pine trees along my fence line and there are a ton of weeds, pine cones and pine needles making the area look unruly. I'm trying to clean it up and using a hoe to remove the worst of the weeds. Being a complete garden novice I am not sure what the next steps are.

Should I rake up all the pine needles and cones then spread mulch around the trees?

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Old 05-26-2019, 05:38 PM
 
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I always thought a thick layer of pine needles around the base of confers prevent a lot of weed growth? What sort of weeds are we talking about?
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:55 PM
 
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Old 05-26-2019, 07:37 PM
 
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Just use round up on the weeds. It will not hurt the tree if you get spray on the trunk. The needles and pine cones are themselves mulch. Just rake it in a circle around each tree, 3-4 inches thick.
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:03 PM
 
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I agree with luv4horses. It shouldn't take much Roundup on all the broadleaf you have.
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:18 PM
 
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I disagree about using roundup around trees or bushes. Also, piling mulch around the base of a tree is not a good idea.
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:56 PM
 
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I disagree about using roundup around trees or bushes. Also, piling mulch around the base of a tree is not a good idea.
Why do you disagree? I have used Roundup (glyphosate) around trees for years and it does no harm at all.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:40 AM
 
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I thought piling mulch right next to tree bases was not advised.

Looks like most of the weeds are dandelions. Can’t you remove them using hand tools?
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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Those dandelions are edible, if you feel like Roundup (glyphosate) is safe, spray them before eating them.

I recommend :
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I always thought a thick layer of pine needles around the base of confers prevent a lot of weed growth? What sort of weeds are we talking about?
^^^This. I always liked walking through a stand of pines. There was a soft cushion of pine needles and little undergrowth.
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