Pine needle mulch - seed germination

Asked November 10, 2018, 11:06 AM EST

Hello, Does the use of dried -brown pine needles as mulch inhibit vegetable seeds from germinating?

Broomfield County Colorado

1 Response


Thank you for your question. Pine needles as mulch will not inhibit seedlings. If they are in too thick of a layer they can prevent light, air, and water from reaching the seedlings thus impeding growth. The ideal depth is 2 to 3 inches. Here are some fact sheets on mulches: and, and Thank you and feel free to contact with any further questions.