As fall approaches, you'll begin to see more pine needles covering what once was your beautiful landscape. Pine needles range from 7 to 9 inches long and can be left on the ground to decompose naturally. Another option is to remove the pine needles from your landscape and use them later as a mulch for your gardens. A 3-inch layer of pine needles can keep your garden soil moist and reduce weeds to a minimum.
1 Wait until winter to remove the pine needles. If you remove the pine needles in the fall, you'll have to repeat the process several times as the pine needles continue to fall off the trees.
2 Slide a thick pair of garden gloves over your hands before working with the pine needles. Pine needles have sharp edges that can poke through your skin.
3 Rake the pine needles on your property into a central pile, or a few smaller piles. The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center recommends attaching a wheel-type pine straw rake to your riding lawnmower if your property is on the large side.
4 Pick up the pine needles by grabbing some from the pile with your rake and holding the pine needles against the rake with your hand.
5 Dump the pine needles in a garden cart, wheelbarrow or lawn bag to remove them from your landscape. Garden carts and wheelbarrows are ideal if you want to save the pine needles for use in your garden next spring. Lawn bags are best if you plan on giving the pine needles away or taking them to your local dump.