Is Human Hair Considered a Plant Fertilizer?

Marketers of human hair "mats" claim that human hair works well as a fertilizer, mulch and deer repellent. Human hair contains few actual nutrients when used alone. It may, however, trap other kinds of fertilizer by preventing nutrient loss during watering, and promote beneficial microorganism growth in garden soil.

Keywords: human hair in garden, hair fertilizer, beneficial microorganism, deer repellent

About this Author

Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.