Q. We took our Christmas tree for recycling to the Ladera Golf Course like you suggested. It was so easy! Anyway, there was a pile of the mulch near the trucks, and we asked the crew what they were going to do with that pile. They said that it was available for us to take home. Our question is, what would we use it for? It sure does smell good! – H.W., Albuquerque
A. There are a couple of things you can do with this raw material. First, if you have a big vegetable garden, you can spread a stout layer of the pine chippings all along the paths between the veggie rows.
This can do two things. One, it can suppress weeds. With a thick-enough layer, few if any weed seeds below the chippings would be able to germinate. Two, you could use it as a mulch in any moat surrounding trees, shrubs, or roses.
Also, piled thickly enough, the clippings could help reduce evaporation from the plant life. Now I will caution you that you will want to “fluff” up the chippings every so often, making sure that the plant life is still getting the periodic watering you are supposed to be offering through our dormant season.