Q: We recently took down a pine tree and ground the trunk. Can I use leftovers as mulch for my flowerbeds? I’m not sure if pine is a good choice and have recently read that mulching itself is not a good thing to do due to mold.
a: You can use fresh pine wood chips as mulch for shrubs, trees, and landscaped areas. Avoid using shallow-rooted plants such as vegetables, annuals, and newly planted perennials, as they can reduce nitrogen. As with any brushes, layer no more than three to four inches and keep them away from tree trunks. The protective cover will snap and will eventually need to be renewed when it fails. When in doubt, allow fresh chips to age for a few months before using them.