This garden sheep wool felt on the roll is a versatile product with a multitude of uses. Many wool underlays use a plastic carrier material, but we have had this product made on jute which makes it more durable and 100% biodegradable.
What can garden sheep wool felt be used for?
• Mulching large areas of the garden for a “no-till” method of cultivation
• Smothering an area of grass or weeds in order to develop a new bed without digging out turfs
• Protecting extensive vegetable patches against weeds, slug and snail infestation, while reducing water use
• Protecting delicate plants in the winter
• Protecting root balls when transplanting trees
• Capillary matting
• As a base layer for propagating seed mats indoors, to be later replanted outside
How to mulch large areas of the garden for a “no-till” method of cultivation
The wool reliably and effectively covers an extensive area, inhibiting weeds and retaining water. The wool-and-jute combination lasts around a year, over which time it slowly biodegrades releasing valuable nutrients into the soil. The “no-till” method is a permaculture technique that reduces the amount of herbicides and pesticides required while simultaneously enriching the soil. It has been demonstrated that ploughing the soil encourages weed growth, which then are conventionally tackled with herbicides. By covering an area with mulch, the need for herbicides is eliminated.
How to develop a new bed without digging out turfs
If you want to start a new veg patch or ornamental bed there’s no need to dig out turfs! Simply lay the felt onto the grass or weeds where you want to start the bed and put a good thick layer of compost over the felt, then start planting. The roots of the plants you sow will push through the felt down into the soil, but the wool-and-jute combination will smother the grass and weeds sufficiently that they will die back and rot away long before the wool felt mulch biodegrades and releases its nutrients into the soil.
How to protect larger vegetable patches against weeds, slug and snail infestation, while reducing water use
Our garden sheep wool felt is used to cover large areas for more commercial gardeners and horticulturalists wanting to cultivate produce without the use of chemical weed control. It has also been demonstrated to reduce slug and snail infestation, and reduce water consumption. Simply lay the felt over the area to be protected and cut holes in the felt to pop the plants through.
How to protect delicate plants in the winter
The garden sheep wool felt is used to protect delicate plants in the winter. Entire pots can be bundled up in the felt, or you can layer it over the roots or even entire plants to keep them snug and warm.
How to protect root balls when transplanting trees
When it comes to planting out your trees, there is another brilliant use for the felt. It can be tied around the root ball to keep the soil in place, and planted along with the tree. As you are probably aware trees are delicate things, gentle giants really, and rely on the eco-system of fungi that develop around its root system. If they are transplanted without this support network it is difficult for them to extract all the nutrients they need, and can perish. By wrapping the root ball in biodegradable wool felt, and retaining the soil it’s grown up with, you can give the transplanted tree a better start in its new life. The wool and jute will retain water to nourish the tree in its early days, and slowly biodegrade releasing valuable nutrients to allow the roots to penetrate deeper into the surrounding soil as it grows. Place the tree or plant to be transplanted onto the felt and cut a generous square that will comfortably wrap the entire root ball. Use jute or similar biodegradable twine to bind it all together, and plant the lot. Ensure that the tree isn’t planted deeper than the level of soil that it has started with, since heaping soil above this level can cause damage to the bark, and may kill the tree.
How to use Garden Sheep Wool Felt as Capillary Matting
Capillary matting is an excellent way of efficiently using water in the garden or greenhouse. Have you noticed that sometimes when you water your pots, the water gushes straight through? This is often worst with drier plants, exacerbating the problem since the water escapes rather than soaking into the soil. If you stand the pots on natural felt capillary matting, the matting absorbs the water that leaks out. Small points of contact via holes in the base of the pot enable the moisture to slowly be reabsorbed back into the compost in the pot, ensuring that plants get a steady supply of moisture rather than soaking-and-drying which tends to happen without the matting.
As a base layer for propagating seed mats indoors, to be later replanted outside
Did you ever grow cress on paper towels? If you haven’t you should, it’s fun! Growing seeds on large pieces of felt takes the process up a whole gear. You can get seeds started off on the garden sheep wool matting, then take it out in sections to propagate once the seeds have germinated and grown on a bit. You can pull off pieces of wool to plant them out in small clumps, or place the whole piece on a bed for instant cover. Our felt has even been used for living art installations – pictures to follow!