Can Norway pine needles be used for mulch for raspberry plants?

Asked October 25, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

Can Norway pine needles be used for mulch for raspberry plants?

St. Louis County Minnesota

1 Response

Hi,
You should have the soil tested to see what the ph is. Raspberries prefer a ph of 5.6-6.2, which is slightly acidic but if your soil is already acidic and you add the pine needles they will make the soil more acidic. Here are a couple of links to info that explains growing raspberries and ph.
http://umaine.edu/publications/2066e/
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/222.html
Here is a link to the U's soil testing lab.
http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/