Pine Mulch- Its Free, can I use it.

Pine Mulch- Its Free, can I use it.

My town has an enormous pile of free mulch. Judgeing from the smell, and the pile of pine trimings awaiting grining I would say its made of primarily of ground pine trees needles and all. Ecology Action warns against using pine needles in the compost pile, saying that they contain a form of kerosene. Nonetheless, I like the price, and I was thinking that I could put my front lawn garden to bed for the winter using a thin layer of this mulch, and digging it in as I plant. I also was going to use it around my fruit trees and berry bushes. Has anyone had any experience using this kind of mulch?
Finally posting some pics, of my bedroom at least!

Finally posting some pics, of my bedroom at least!

my apartment (north syracuse, ny)

my apartment (north syracuse, ny)

Belgin Mums

Belgin Mums

Photos! :-)

Photos! :-)

Cabbage question

Cabbage question

The first day of summer in the garden of good and evil

The first day of summer in the garden of good and evil