The pine needle is a dry material difficult to breakdown if it is not mixed with other wet materials inside the composter.

The composition of leaves of different pine types does not vary, so the composting of the leaves is the same for all of them.

The best way to compost is to treat the pine needles in small quantities and always mixed with kitchen waste or grass. The mixture with traces containing 70% water will make the process of composting of this material pretty simple.

In the gardens where there is grass under the pines, the mower itself is responsible of making the grinding and mixing of the two materials.

In case of strong wind, when the garden is too full of pine needles, do not drop it all at once into the composter, because then the composting process will stop. What can be done is to store it for lighting the fireplace or barbecue, and then put the ashes into the composter.