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Pine needles are a cost-effective, long-lasting mulch that is spread easily and never compacts. Pine needles conserve moisture, buffers extreme temperatures, and do not harbor fungus or termites. Landscapes are beautified wherever pine needles are found, all without harming a single tree.


Pine needles are Mother Nature's perfect mulch. The NCPNPA has been planting longleaf pine seedlings since the 1980's. Common uses include: residential and commercial landscapes, flower beds, natural areas, pathways, pet bedding and livestock barns. 



The North Carolina Pine Needle Producers Association was formed in 1988 by a group of producers concerned with enhancing professionalism in their industry and increasing the availability of quality pine needles. The purposes of the association were drafted to maximize the mutual benefits of pine needle production from the landowner to the consumer. 


Where can I purchase pine needles?


Pine needle producers are located throughout North Carolina and supply many of the landscapers and lawn & garden centers near you. 

Click here to see a list of pine needle producers.


How much do I need to buy?


Pine needles are typically sold in bales. The density of each bale may vary, but an average longleaf pine needle bale will cover 50 sq.ft.  If it is first time pine needles are being spread in an area, it may cover less area, or if they are refreshing an existing bed, a bale may cover more square footage. Check with each producer for more accurate measurements.


How do I spread pine needles?


Bales are typically held together with twine. Once the twine is cut or removed, grab a section of needles and begin to shake over area. If needles are tightly compacted, pull apart with both hands and shake liberally. When done correctly, it will lay loosely on the ground and create a natural bed of mulch. It is also recommended to wear gloves!


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