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Archive for September, 2016


Permanent Flood, Debris, and Erosion Efforts Using Jute and Landscape Design


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The previous article dealt with temporary ways to avoid flood damage. You are responsible for maintaining your yard and slope areas. Every effort should be made to restore a damaged hillside and stabilize the property in order to prevent ongoing damage in the event of flooding or other disasters. Look for help regarding lasting solutions.

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Burlap Uses on the Farm and in Rural Communities


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Happiness and reliability can be measured in many ways including the number of uses you can get out of a common item like the burlap sack. Farm and ranch stores carry bins full of repurposed burlap sacks once used for carrying agricultural products like coffee beans and potatoes. Rural stores know that location limits the choices in the community and that quality along with multi-functional wares are what people crave. Large burlap bags can sell for a dollar each. A dozen or more bags provides plenty of material to get creative.blog2-1

Outdoor Work

Beyond filling these bags with dirt to grow more potatoes or other root vegetables, they can be used as dog mats and for sliding heavy objects around. Throwing a bag over a fence post in the garden, tying one of the ends, and letting it blow in the breeze, makes a quick and easy scarecrow. Of course, burlap sacks filled with straw and dressed in old clothes are the original and more traditional looking version and doubles as a fall decoration.

Burlap sacks can be used in lining the chicken coop to collect poultry droppings to save on cleaning time. Throwing them in the truck cab can keep the mud and other dirt off the seats and floors on particularly messy or rainy days. Use them for stocking food in cold storage or reinforcing or replacing ripped animal feed bags when you don’t have a larger container handy. Lining ditches and dry creek beds with burlap sacks, then covering with aggregate, is an easier way to drain excess rain water around the property. They biodegrade and won’t hurt animals, soil, or water.

Indoor Fun

If you have any craft-making abilities, try some rustic burlap coasters or small pillows for a sofa or chair. Use them for throw rugs, as a clothes hamper or hamper lining, or to decoupage your furniture drawers and cabinet fronts for a new look.blog2-22

Burlap bag sewing projects will save you money on a market bag or handbag, as kitchen curtains, and chair cushions. All you need are some scissors, pillow stuffing, a sewing machine, or needle and thread to put ideas together. Manufacturer logos make great designs but art is easily added with fabric markers or paint. Put some burlap on the walls and let the kids use fabric paint, sponges, and brushes to keep them busy too. Don’t hog all the fun!

Depending on how you use your burlap bags, you may want to soak them for a few hours in the tub in a whole jug of fabric softener combined with a couple inches of water to make them a little softer. Gently ring them out, put them in the dryer for a short time, then hang outside to finish drying. Loose string from the dryer is great for gift wrapping and other decoration. Burlap is a sturdy bargain that is undeniably useful on a farm and in the country.

Prepare for Flood, Debris, and Erosion with Burlap Matting and Sandbags


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This year has already seen some heavy and sustained storms in many areas causing millions in property damage. It happens annually in cycles that are largely predictable, but sometimes the extent of the potential damage is not. Storm paths can deviate and the strength of storms vary as they travel.

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Plant Fiber Products Used in Newest Versions of Synthetic Turf


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Artificial turf has come a long way since Astro-Turf which did not look, act, or feel real. Synthetic turf today, looks unbelievably realistic, is also water-resistant, heat-resistant, eco- friendly an d functions much more like the real thing. It is used largely on athletic fields to cut back on maintenance labor and keep costs down. There has also been more residential use in places where there are poor soil and drought making it tough to grow real lawns.

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