According to a story I found on the ABC News site: mats made from recycled human hair are great for weed suppression and fertilization. Apparently, a nursery owner in Florida has been testing a product from another Florida company, Smart Grow. He says he’s saved thousands using it. I guess the hair suppresses weeds, and provides a good environment for beneficial microorganisms (according to U. of Florida scientists who are testing this with tomatoes). The hair provides some very slow-release nitrogen as well.
I don’t see this being of great benefit to the average home gardener, especially gardeners like us, who tend to use lots of mulch and whose plots are so plant-packed, the weeds don’t have a chance. At least that’s what I’ve found. I very rarely have to weed, except in out-of-the-way areas I’ve been neglecting.
What I do wonder about is the possible protection against animals that the mats may supply. I have heard of hair being used to repel deer and other plant-marauders, which ARE a huge problem for many gardeners in our region. Now, that would be something.
Another product for Jeff Gillman to test!