Now, here's some proper wool! Straight off the sheep, unwashed just as you'd see it in the fields. Still coated in lanolin, little pieces of plant extract, extras from the field and even a little sheep poo this wool is as natural as it gets - properly sheepy! Raw wool makes the BEST mulch and fertiliser - especially when you need to add plenty of nitrogen to your soil or growth medium. It's a natural pest deterrent - deer, slugs and snails hate it for numerous reasons. Plus because it's a fully natural product it's readily biodegradable and completely compostable, so it'll mulch down over the period of approximately a year.
This wool was sourced for our peat bog restoration project, we paid above board prices and sourced it directly from the farmers once again and this was what was left over. It's just too useful to go to waste sitting in our warehouse waiting for us to find a use for it, so we've packed it into ready-to-use 10 kg bags perfect for avid gardeners or vegetable growers
Each bag contains 10 kg of fantastic raw British sheep wool, hand packed by a member of the Chimney Sheep team! Please note - this wool is in it's natural state, just off the sheep meaning it isn't moth proof or suitable for use in buildings projects or similar.
What is natural sheep wool good for?
Well, all kinds really. In it's natural state, just shorn from the sheep, wool is full of all kinds of great things, including lanolin, plant matter and sheep poo! These little extras are just fantastic for mulching applications in the garden. The wool (and little extras) readily composts down releasing tonnes of nutrients in the soil, its nitrogen dense meaning it'll give plants with high energy requirements the boost they need to grow big and strong.
Not only this, because wool is naturally fibrous, and coated in lanolin, it's an amazing pest deterrent. The texture naturally deters slugs, snails and other slimy pests because they simply hate sliding over it - and the natural sheepy state of raw wool deters deer too! Meaning you've a few less things to worry about when it comes to protecting your garden plants!
Now, for wool enthusiasts. This is a whole lot of wool - in it's raw state! We know that there are many people who enjoy creating their own spun wool, and wool felt. So, if you're up to the task, with a good bit of washing, time and effort you'd be able to produce all kinds of wool products as there is plenty of wool in this 10kg bag!
How to use sheep wool in the garden
We absolutely adore wool. It's so multipurpose and it can be adapted for use in tonnes of applications. But, one of our favourite ways to use wool and wool products, is in the garden.
Wool is a fantastic nesting material, so first and foremost during spring we love to offer up little bits of wool to nesting birds by scattering it in our garden. Birds love wool, even domesticated ones - so woolly nest liners are are a great option to offer up to your feathery best friend too.
Sheep wool also makes amazing mulch, it readily biodegrades, it's completely compostable and it adds a great deal of nutrients to soil when it's left to break down over a period of time. It also helps insulate plant roots against frost, retain moisture (so it's great capillary matting or growth medium). It can also be manipulated into something a little less raw, and a bit more structured like our garden felt, which can simply be cut to size and lain in the area you wish to mulch. Or felted lightly like our garden fleece - the perfect frost protection.
Then there's sheep wool compost. Made from 100% sheep wool and entirely peat-free this stuff is just an amazing growth medium for high energy plants, seedlings and the like. Full of nutrients and extra high in nitrates sheep wool compost really does give your plants a boost - and makes fantastic use of wonderful wool!