Burlap (also called hessian burlap) is a natural product that is used in the garden to provide protection or covering. It’s natural open-weave allows air flow which prevents or minimizes rotting due to trapped moisture.
What is burlap made of?
Burlap is typically made of the jute plant and woven into a coarse fabric. It often has a distinctive natural scent.
One major advantage of jute fabric is that it is an eco-friendly material. Because it is made entirely from natural vegetable fibers, it is completely biodegradable.
Use burlap in the garden
Plant covers for cool nights
- Protect tender plants from cold or frost damage with a layer of burlap suspended over the plants.
- Use enough supports underneath so that if it rains, pooled water does not crush the plants.
Winter protection for plants
- Wrap plants with burlap to protect plants, bushes, trees or vines from frost, snow and ice.
- Burlap is a desirable option over plastic because of its ability to breath, which allows air circulation.
- Circulation prevents heat from trapping under the covering and winds from smacking against the side of the plant.
- Use a tepee-style support around the plant to keep the burlap from laying against the leaves.
Suppress weeds in beds
- Use several layers of burlap around plants to reduce weed growth in plant beds.
- Lay between plant rows or cut holes or slits in burlap and place plants into holes.
- Finish with a layer of mulch. Any weeds that do sneak up will be easily removed.
- This process will also enhance moisture retention.
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Flower pot covers
- You know those thin black plastic pots you get plants in from the nurseries or local hardware store?
- Quickly wrap a strip of burlap around the pot and staple secure for an instant finished look.
Flower pot drainage hole cover
- Cut a circle a little larger than the base of a pot and place in the bottom before adding soil.
- Pots will drain more evenly and the soil won’t run out the bottom
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Prevent soil erosion
- On steep slopes or newly turned areas, a layer of burlap tacked over grass seed can prevent the seeds from being displaced by rain or wind.
- The burlap will naturally decompose so the area does not need to be disturbed.
Protect saplings from rodent damage
- Once planted, young trees may fall victim to damage from mice and rodents that eat bark and deform trunks.
- Wrapping trunks with burlap can help protect young trees from damaging animals.
- Burlap can also be secured to stakes to surround at-risk plants or create small fenced-off sections.
Help saplings get off to a good start
- Excessive sun and wind can be hard on young trees.
- Burlap can be used to build windbreaks that will protect tender saplings until they can withstand more intense weather conditions on their own.
- Secure burlap to stakes to create protective barriers around young trees.
Sunshade for tender seedlings
- Newly-transplanted seedlings need time to acclimate to outdoor conditions.
- A sheet of burlap suspended over seedlings will help protect from direct sunlight.
- The weave texture allows filtered light to reach the plants without the full intensity of direct sunlight.
- Staple strips of burlap to stakes to protect from excessive wind.
Veggie growing containers
- Burlap grow-bags can be used to grow root vegetables such as potatoes.
Wrap exposed roots of plants for transplanting
- Tree and shrub root balls are often wrapped with burlap to keep the soil in tact around roots. The open weave of the fabric provides breathability.
- Burlaps’ moisture resistant properties prevent the growth of mold and mildew during transport.
- If you need to keep a root ball from losing soil around the roots or maintain moisture between transplanting, wrap with burlap for protection.
Outdoor living décor
- Burlap can be made into pillows for benches and chairs or laid as a table covering.
- Because it has a large open weave, try pulling cross-wise threads to create a fringed edge. Cut edge to even length.