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?
Pretty tulips

Pretty tulips

Good Afternoon Everyone

Good Afternoon Everyone

sunflower troubles

sunflower troubles

Garden pictures and questions

Garden pictures and questions

New room.

New room.

Guessing garden check-in

Guessing garden check-in