10 reasons to use wool pellets in your garden

10 reasons to use wool pellets in your garden

water retention of wool pellets1. Wool pellets hold 3 times their weight in water to reduce how frequently you need to water. Lanolin is the natural oil that sheep produce that coats the wool fiber, this oil is what helps keep the water in the wool pellet until the plant is ready to use it, then the wool releases the water to the plant.

wool pellets area slow release fertilizer

2. Wool pellets slowly release nitrogen, potassium, and other micronutrients for plant growth and health. The release curve of these nutrients is fairly constant meaning that wool pellets start releasing nutrients right away and continue to do so as they biodegrade over the course of 6 months. To view our nutrient analysis, click here.

wool pellets are naturally biodegradable

3. Wool pellets biodegrade in about 6 months. Since our wool pellets are made of 100% sheep wool, they naturally biodegrade in the soil.

wool pellets increase soil porosity

4. Wool pellets increase soil porosity. As they biodegrade, they create air pockets in the soil which increases the oxygen and nutrient uptake for the roots.

wool pellets support American sheep producers

5. Wool pellets support American sheep producers. In addition to using wool from our own sheep flock, we work with a sheep shearing crew right down the road from us. By sourcing local wool, we are able to reduce our carbon footprint due to transportation and ensure money stays in the surrounding rural economies.

wool pellets naturally repel slugs

6. Wool pellets repel slugs. An individual fiber of wool has a barb-like structure (it looks like fish scales overlapping) which slugs hate to crawl across. To repel slugs, mulch a 6-inch radius around your tasty plants with wool pellets, water, and it will create a mat of wool that the slugs don't like. I've gotten feedback that this method helps keep squirrels out of your garden too!

wool pellets are eco-friendly

7. Wool pellets are eco-friendly. Wool pellets are made from a natural and renewable, yet underutilized resource, sheep wool. As mentioned above, sourcing local wool reduces our carbon footprint associated with transportation. We also use compostable packaging to keep our product as sustainable as possible. View our sustainability mission here.

wool pellets improve soil health

8. Wool pellets positively impact your soil health. By incorporating wool into the soil, you're completing the carbon cycle that begins as sheep continuously and naturally grow wool as they harvest sunlight and forages. They add much need organic material into the soil. Let's work with nature to nourish your soil!

wool pellets are pet friendly

9. Wool pellets are safe for the whole family including ones of the four-legged variety. Our wool pellets are all-natural and made from 100% sheep wool. Pets (especially dogs) may be attracted to the smell of wool pellets, but once the wool pellets are mixed in with the soil, the smell is not noticeable. While we don’t suggest you let your pets consume wool pellets, they present no inherent danger in proximity to your furry family members! 

wool pellets are easy to apply to your soil

10. Wool pellets are easy to apply. You don't need a ton of wool pellets to make a difference in your harvest. For optimum results, you only need 2-5% of the soil volume to be wool pellets. This equates to about 1/2 cup per gallon of soil or about 1 pound per 10 sq. ft. of garden. Just mix the recommended amount of wool pellets into your soil and let the wool work its magic!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or visit our FAQs page. You can purchase wool pellets on our website. We are able to ship anywhere in the US.

Happy gardening, friends!

Megan ❤

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