Composting Pine Needles?

Please share your thoughts and "Do's and Don'ts" for composting pine needles. I have to circle the wagons and the troops and rake up all of them. I want to fill up the new 'wiz-bang' recycled plastics composter I purchased from the local landfill district office (It's about 42" high, and 4' across).


Thank you!
Bill in SE Mass.

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November 28, 20040 found this helpful

Hi Bill,

Just mix with other compostable materials in layers and you're good to go. Compost does best when there is an equal mix of greens (fresh plant trimmings, kitchen veggie trimmings and grass clippings) and browns (shredded newspaper, brown pine needles, fallen leaves, etc.). Take a look here.

Oh, the pine needles would be a brown.

You are very fortunate to have 'troops'! :-)


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November 28, 20040 found this helpful

Pine needles can acidify the soil so are best around acid loving plants - or presumably on alkaline soils!



By nowax (Guest Post)
December 29, 20040 found this helpful

As long as you truly "compost" the needles (that is, that you put them into a mix with several other compostable materials and let them break down into compost or dirt) the acidic ph of the pine needles will be neutralized.


You can use pine needles as mulch (that is, not composted) around acid loving plants: rhododendreons, evergreens, azealas, etc....

By Becky (Guest Post)
October 2, 20070 found this helpful

Should you shread the pine needles before adding them to the compost pile to speed up the process, or does it make a difference?

October 23, 20170 found this helpful

Pine is slow to break down so chipping it before the pile can be useful. Shreading thing to be small before putting in the compost is true for everything in the compost pile. This helps make the process happen even faster. I have had temps around 300. which may be on the too hot side. you can bet that pile was steaming and no weed seed could live thru that. Pine does not raise ph levels enough to even talk about.


If you really want to get that pile going a good ratio of green to brown is needed. also size matters. at least 4 feet tall.

I think the best use of pine is around plants for mulch because it breaks down slowly. you can use thus ti your advantage. be mindful they can be sharp they are called NEEDLES for a reason.

Keep making beauty and stay connected to the earth.

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November 5, 20080 found this helpful

How long does it take for pine needles to compost?


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