Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pine Needle Mulch

The white pine trees are shedding their golden needles like a shaggy dog shaking off water. A uniform layer of pine needle mulch carpets one side of the driveway. The driveway itself shows parallel tire tracks leading through a snowfall of tan needles.

A fungus is causing this unusual--for June--shower of pine needles. Now i see why Southerners prefer pine needles as mulch. They're so soft and natural-looking.

Like us, these giant trees of our northern forest are of the nature to become sick--this year with fungus. Perhaps some other year with some other bug. Dis-ease is unavoidable.

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