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What is the best way to clean pine needles off lawn?

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Old 10-05-18, 04:25 AM
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What is the best way to clean pine needles off lawn?

I just put my new sod in last week. Now there are quite a lot of pine needles fell on my lawn from the neighbors' pine trees. What is the best way to clean them? Can I rake them, blow them, or just wait until next spring?
 
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I rake them up and use them as mulch in areas where the plants can tolerate a low pH.
 
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Old 10-05-18, 04:41 AM
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I guess my main question is, since I just put in the sod less than a week ago, is it really okay to walk on it and start raking?
 
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That Sod should have been rolled into firm contact with the underlying soil, so a light raking with a leaf rake shouldn't dislodge it at this point . . . . it's not like seed that just sprouted fragile roots.
 
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In new construction new sod gets walked on all the time.
 
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Would a blower be more forgiving or does it doesn't matter? Thank you for the responses, much appreciated.
 
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Shouldn't make a difference. I'd use a rake because like Vermont I'd be inclined to use the pine needles for mulch where I could.
 
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A blower will not work well on pine needles. Use a rake.
 
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Just leave them alone and in a couple of weeks when you mow the grass for the first time you'll be done!
 
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...in a couple of weeks when you mow the grass...

With the crazy weather we've had this year I don't know if I'd count on that. Here's my maples yesterday morning...


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I think raking them when they're dry in the spring would be best.
 
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And today here in MI it;s almost 80 and super muggy, feels like an Aug day!!
 
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Will my new sod be okay if I leave it until next spring to rake it? My lawn is not totally covered with pine needles that I can see the grass. It's just lightly cover.
 
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Probably, more pine needles will fall. Also, are there other deciduous trees in the area that will deposit their leafs on your new sod ? Wait for a week of no rain and use both a rake and a blower.
 
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My lawn is not totally covered with pine needles that I can see the grass. It's just lightly cover.

I'm no expert but I think it will be fine till spring.
 
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Those grass plants are expecting to obtain the sunlight necessary to keep their roots vigorous for the rest of the Fall season; before it's blocked off by the snow.

I'd make sure they don't get smothered if you want them to thrive.
 
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Thank you for all the suggestions. I'll probably wait for another week to rake them then.
 
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Ahem, grass will grow and no one will see any needles. I think, it's way overthought as problem. Be more worried about cleaning needles out of gutters, than off grass.
 
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I got rid of all my pine trees around my property so, luckily, I have no gutter issues with needles anymore. The concern with pine needles on my grass is that if it's too much, it may smother the grass from growing next spring.
 
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Grass can grow thru some pine needles but if it's thick enough to obscure your view of the grass - it needs to be raked up.
 
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