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Human Hair Disks for Containers

by Charlie Nardozzi


First, there were smart pots, now there are smart mats. SmartGrow mats are woven disks made from human hair that can enhance growth of plants. They’re completely biodegradable, and as they decompose they release 15 percent nitrogen fertilizer into the soil. The mats also reduce the need for watering and weeding.

Tests at the University of Florida showed pots with SmartGrow mats increased yields of container-grown tomatoes by 30 percent and container-grown peppers by 40 percent. The round mats come in 6.25-inch, 9.5-inch and 14-inch diameters. SmartGrow also comes in rolls for in-ground planting and in cubes for multistemmed container plants. The mats can be placed at the bottom or top of the pot.

For more information on the SmartGrow mats, go to: SmartGrow.

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