I was leaving the Extension Office in town, when I noticed Claude raking pine needles. When asked what he was going to do with them, he told me he was going to throw them away!
So I asked if I could have them, and he promised to bag them up and leave them so I could pick them up. AND HE DID!
So, now I have 3 BALES of wonderful mulch material for my rose beds! Free! And I didn't even have to rake them up!
I don't mind raking them, it is just hard for me to find them to rake. We have very alkaline soil, and the pine needles are usually 'taken' or 'spoken for' by the time I see them. They are a valuable commodity around here. LOL
I am rich, rich, rich!