Prepare Your Garden For Winter With Hortiwool
As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to fall, gardeners know it's time to start preparing their gardens for winter. One material that is often overlooked but can be incredibly beneficial for winter gardening is wool. Yes, wool! Here are some of the benefits of using wool in your garden when preparing it for winter.
Wool is a fantastic insulator. When used in your garden, it can help to regulate soil temperature and protect plants from freezing. By placing a layer of wool over your garden beds, you can help to trap heat in the soil, keeping it warm for longer. This can be particularly helpful for plants that are not well-suited to colder temperatures.
Wool is also an excellent material for retaining water. When used in your garden, it can help to keep soil moist, which is particularly important during the winter months when the ground can dry out quickly. Wool fibres can absorb up to 30% of their weight in water, making it a great choice for keeping your plants hydrated.
One of the biggest challenges for gardeners in the winter is controlling weeds. Wool can help with this too! When used as a mulch, wool can help to suppress weed growth by blocking out light and preventing weed seeds from germinating. This can save you time and effort in the long run by reducing the need for weeding.
Plan ahead and make sure your compost is in peak (not peat 😉) condition ready for next year, by using wool as a compost aid. Wool breaks down over time into the soil releasing back valuable nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.