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Q.Can you till pine needles into Texas clay soil to lighten it?

Zone 77065 | ss2553 added on March 17, 2019 | Answered

I have Texas soil which has a lot of clay in it, I also have Pinetrees, can I till Pineneedles into the soil to loosen it and make it where I can grow azaleas

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Answered on March 18, 2019

In areas with compacted soil that retains water, working conifer needles into the ground will increase aeration, which improves drainage. For quickly draining soils that cannot retain adequate amounts of water, adding conifer needles increases organic matter, giving moisture something to hold on to and allowing plants more time to absorb it.
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