It’s been a tough holiday for Roy. A bad cold, an unshaven face, thick, wirey, gray hair, and a wide-eyed son tentatively squinting up at him.
“Dad, is that you?”
Time for the shears. And don’t forget to sprinkle the hair clippings in the compost.
That’s right. Hair is mostly made of nitrogen- rich keratin, which have long chains of amino acids. And while some Gardenweb comments were valid (not to mention amusing) regarding the use of hair as fertilizer, we’ve had no problems as the relatively short hair clippings are a minor “ingredient” in our compost bin. Hair decomposes very slowly – which is a desireable attribute for something that is nitrogen-rich.
In rural areas, some people have used human and pet hair successfully to ward off deer and varmint by scattering them liberally on the perimeter of their gardens. However, this tactic is not likely to deter animals like racoons that live close to humans in urban areas.
Don’t start collecting garbage bags full of hair from salons or barbers as they may contain garden-unfriendly chemicals (gels, sprays, etc.). Also, it’s best to keep more unusual compost ingredients as minor additions to your bin.