When I moved into my new home in October 2007, there was a large amount of pine straw packed around the base of my pine tree. When I attempted to remove it my neighbor told me not to remove it because it was good for the tree. The tree appears to be in good shape. Except for a 12 inch gauge in the tree where someone may have hit it with a car (it sits next to my neighbor's driveway) it looks perfectly fine.
What do you think? I want to remove it so my yard will look neat. The old straw is also killing the grass underneath. What should I do?