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Last fall I used pine needlesLast fall I used pine needles as a mulch. Our neighbor has huge pine trees bordering their yard. After asking if I might use some I moved them to surround the bottom of my Rhododendran, I might add it was beautiful the spring prior to this. We had taken such good care of it for the seven years we were able to enjoy its beautiful flowers. To make a long story short, not knowing this at the time, one or more of the pine trees had that terrible blite that went around our state. It killed my Rhododendran. I am sure all of you are very careful, after this episode I am much more careful as to what I use for over wintering my perenials.

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