“ Brand: Poundland / Type: Plant Protection „
Jute garden string is one of those things I always need to replenish my stock of several times a year, and while it isn't that expensive in itself, because I buy it often I looked around for a cheaper source. I came across a tin of natural jute twine in Poundland where I got 80m plus the storage container for my pound and decided to give that a try. I hesitated before buying it as I thought it may be made of fewer strands and that therefore it would be thinner and less strong as a result so the purpose of this review is to reassure someone such as myself that buying from Poundland doesn't mean throwing your money away!
I use the jute twine for the usual garden tasks such as tying in plants or attaching them loosely to supports. I also use it to tie together bunches of herbs and spring onions or leeks to keep them together as I bring them home from the allotment. It is also handy to trying pieces of garden netting together on a temporary basis if I need to extend the area I am trying to protect. I use other ties too such as soft flexities or polypropylene "string" but jute is cheap and made from a natural material so it does blend in a little better than some of the chunkier ones even if the latter are more long lasting. As jute is made from a plant fibre it does biodegrade eventually. My concern is whether the cheaper twine would start to fall apart before I had finished with it. Thankfully the answer is it lasts as long as any other I have used. A few pieces that I used to repair a tiny netting hole in March one year were still in place the following February having experienced all weathers including snow. When I came to untie the pieces, and gave them a sharp tug, they started to come apart but I wouldn't have expected any jute to last several seasons. This twine is dyed green and the colour does fade somewhat over time but this is also common I have found. For temporary jobs like tying in plant over the summer it should be fine. One of the tins I bought last year contained the light brown natural coloured jute for the first time so it is possible their may be a choice of colours in some branches at least.
It performs the same as other jute twin in that it is relatively soft and it certainly is strong. I bought some twine once from a garden centre that could actually be pulled into short lengths with your bare hands and I have expected this one would be the same but thankfully no. It isn't too thin either which makes knotting it that fraction easier.
The jute comes in a tall spool which unwinds efficiently. The tin is easy to refill because the lid just twists or pulls off but it's narrow shape means that a typical cylindrical ball of twine is far too fat to fit in. (The Wilkinson's value 50m twine is a good fit with room to spare.) The tin doesn't feel too thin and it can stand up to a bit of rough treatment without denting. It doesn't look as decorative as some you can get in gardeners gift sets but it doesn't look too cheap ether. The latest design had a light beige paper label with a border of flowers and leaves but it seems to change year on year. The lid contains the hole for the twine to come out and thankfully this does it's job well as the end doesn't keep dropping back inside. This is the sort of thing you appreciate when the weathers cold and your fingers are on the numb side! The lid also houses a twine cutter which is a small metal blade. It isn't actually razor sharp but it is does the job most of the time. Ideally I like to use cutters that you can use one handed by just pulling the string against the sharp edge but sometimes the blade on this one doesn't quite cut through and a bit of sawing back and forth is needed. This means the twine end can get frayed which risks it unravelling so I tend to cut it with a separate cutter. I have noticed that the cutters are the part of the tins that are most variable in quality - some are positioned at a strange angle for example - but I buy them mainly for what's in side. I do find it usual for keeping the string dry before I want to use it because being damp shortens the life of jute - and my storage box was not entirely weather proof until I repaired it!
I would say that this twine is worth buying for anything you would normally buy jute for. It isn't noticeably weaker, harsher or less durable than it's more expensive cousins. It is cheaper for me to buy the tin set than the twine on it's own, although the downside is you could accumulate a few too many tins. I use my spares to hold plant labels and that sort of thing. The cutters let the packaging down by being mixed quality so if the dispenser is the main draw I would say look at different ones in the shop and make sure you get one that is aligned near the hole and properly attached. I do think that if I wanted a dispenser especially I would pay a bit more for one that could be more relied upon to do a clean cut as well as one that housed a larger round type ball so you could have more choice of the string you replace the original twine with when it runs out. For the price though this is fine for the twine. Only available in Poundland, - it tends to disappear from the shelves around Christmas time but re-appears in spring.