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Katy Whitby-last
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I can get a large quantity of fleece for free from a farmer who has retired. They are from a commercial meat breed of sheep and I already have plenty of fleeces from my own flock for making stuff with so I was wondering if I could use them as mulch? Any recommendations for if this would work or how best to do it?
 
Tyler Ludens
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I've used fleece as mulch. I've used it as a layer in sheet mulching, with other materials.

 
Rosalind Riley
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Hi Tyler

I've used fleece in my climbing bean trenches to add bulk and retain water. Seems to rot down well - I mostly use old fleece (meant to get round to spinning it...) or 'dags", ie the bits trimmed off round their bottoms, nice and mucky and available at the right time of year for bean trenching! So added fertiliser too!

You can get anti-slug pellets made of chopped wool - felted I guess. I tried a bit of fleece wrapped round my vulnerable young plants as a slug-barrier, but it didn't work - I think it needs to be chopped up to irritate the slugs. Also the weather was outstandingly wet and the slugs very determined and perhaps I should have used more than a wisp per plant. It would be interesting to know what the slugs make of your fleece mulch.

I have also put old fleece and dags on the compost

Cheers

Rosalind
 
Rosalind Riley
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Sorry - meant that to be addressed to original poster Kate, but you only see the most recent post when you reply. Hi both!
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