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Burlap: Practical and Decorative Uses Outdoors


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As the hot summer months begin, thoughts turn to the yard and garden.  Burlap really comes in handy for mid-summer heat. It has practical uses in the garden and decorative uses in outdoor living spaces.

Functional Uses

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The sun’s heat can quickly dehydrate the ground and the summer rains can wash the dry soil away from newly planted seeds. Laying a piece of burlap over the seeds makes them develop much faster by holding in moisture after watering. Many vegetable and herb starter seeds prefer moist conditions like carrots, chervil, and parsley. When the seedlings begin to emerge from the soil, it is time to remove the burlap.

Sometimes deer, rabbits, and other critters are a problem, but building a burlap fence roughly two feet high around their favorite plants will deter them. Some plants, like blueberry bushes, can be wrapped in burlap to keep grazing animals away. Wrapping is more commonly done in the winter to protect plants from cold winds especially those not typically native to colder areas like figs and hydrangeas.

Burlap also comes in handy to protect the root balls of plants while moving and replanting them. Burlap can be wrapped around the root ball to hold the soil in place. If plants cannot be transplanted right away, the root ball can be kept wrapped in burlap until planting time to keep the roots safe from the elements and retain moisture. Small pieces of burlap in the bottoms of pots keep the soil in while still letting water drain.

One of the best uses for burlap is as mulch. When harvesting the garden is done, a piece of burlap can cover the soil until you plant something else. It will limit erosion of the soil you have worked hard to build.

Decorative Uses

Burlap can be found in most fabric stores and is inexpensive so why not use it for crafts and décor too?

It can be used for embellishing outdoor living areas. Exterior curtains made of burlap are durable in all types of weather and can provide privacy from neighbors. Large rolls of burlap can be cut into shapes for mounting on poles or frames to provide shaded areas on the patio or in the yard. You can create fabric screens yourself or order them hemmed and ready to mount or hang.

Burlap cushion and pillow covers accent your outdoor furniture with a rustic look while table cloths and runners are inexpensive additions to a picnic table when expecting guests or just for fun.garden2

Organize your garden shed or potting area with a burlap wall hanging complete with pockets to store tools, seed packets, or plant labels.

A burlap gardening bag makes a sturdy bag to carry garden tools or freshly harvested herbs and vegetables.

Remember, burlap is made from natural plant fibers and is safe to use in vegetable gardens as well as areas where pets and children play. Burlap goes from functional to fun!

Burlap and Canvas Shade Screens for the Summer


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The applications of shade screen fabrics like jute and cotton based canvas and burlap are endless. Shade mesh is commonly used in agricultural and home garden settings to protect plants from over-exposure to the sun while allowing rain to seep through. It provides sun, shade, and wind protection.

If you are regularly setting-up and taking down a temporary shade tent, a shade screen can be a more permanent part of your yard and landscaping. They come in a variety of sizes and colors and can even be custom ordered to fit your specific situation.

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Shade screens are useful for patio settings, especially in summer weather when we want to be outside but not exposed to extreme heat or damaging rays of the sun. They help decrease the temperatures inside your home by blocking direct sun and heat from the windows. Creating comfortable shade also increases privacy above and around a pool area. Applications at home include:

  • Play Areas
  • Gazebo Covers
  • Screened-in Porches
  • Umbrellas

Camping

Heavier tarps come in handy when camping to create clean space on the ground, shelter from above, and privacy from other campers. Treated tarps are water repellent and UV resistant in order to handle the elements and are excellent for cargo and equipment covers. These heavier duty cloths offer a wide range of uses, sizes, colors, and weights to suit your needs. They are simple to install and take down.

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A roll of burlap or canvas provides protection all year for shade and shelter from the wind for outdoor pets in dog runs and kennels, small animal cages, chicken coops, or shade houses in pastures for livestock. As rugged as these fabrics are, you can easily mend a tear or fraying edges with waterproof fabric cement quickly.

Athletic Fields

Outdoor shade cloth rolls are often used in tennis courts and other athletic fields to shade the spectators, dugouts, bleachers, and to line the fencing for wind-block. Aside from heat and sun protection, custom shapes like sails, along with choices of colors, provides aesthetic appeal.

Canvas and burlap sails are breathable UV rated shades to block harmful UVA and UVB rays and continue to allow air to circulate. These shades allow rain to pass through and water will not collect or pool. Rolls, triangles, and squares can be ordered already prepared for mounting.

Proper Care

With proper tarp and shade screen maintenance, they can last for several years. This material is made of naturally strong fiber. When tears do develop, they need to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent spreading. If a tarp is not pitched correctly, long-term exposure to water can lead to mold and mildew. Use a finish coating for canvas that inhibits mildew growth and has UV protection.

When a tarp is not being used, wipe it down and wait until it’s completely clean and dry. Store in a dry place, away from outside elements to increase its lifespan.

Sheet Mulching with Burlap


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Sheet mulching is a great way to convert any grassy or weed-riddled area into a rich garden bed by layering compostable material over the area and allowing it to sit for several months.  This mimics nature’s organic cycle of accumulating fallen leaves that decompose over time, untouched, blocking out sunlight to prevent weeds from sprouting. It is also a wonderful landscaping technique.

Large burlap bags, especially coffee bags, work well for this job.  The burlap coffee bags generally come from Guatemala, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Mexico, among other areas, and are offered to gardeners from distributors and retailers for reuse. Use them as a first layer in the sheet mulch process to:burlapgarden

  • Suppress weeds
  • Eliminate the need to till soil
  • Increase nutrients and retain water
  • Boost the population of healthy microbes and earthworms
  • Intensify soil fertility
  • Create better disease resistance
  • Maintain a garden without chemicals

There are some variations regarding how to sheet mulch effectively, but the basic ingredients include:

  • Large burlap bags
  • mulch
  • organic waste such as manure, plant material, and vegetable peels

Mow or cut down all existing plants that you don’t want to keep and pile them on top of the site. Begin by adding a layer of manure if you want to get a quick start with decomposition. This is full of micro-organisms to break down vegetable matter.

Soak the area well with water along with your natural fiber burlap bags. Lay the bags out to block sunlight out. The material will still allow air and water to flow through freely. Let them overlap just a little to be sure there are no breaks in between unless going around existing plants you intend to keep. These plants will need an opening around the root crown for air circulation.

More compost goes on top of the burlap to feed new and existing plants. If this is a decorative mulch bed without plants, you can skip this part.

Add three to five inches of mulch. This can include compost, grass clippings, seaweed, small branches from pruning, wood chips, or straw. However, most people prefer the look of wood chips or pine straw for the top layer.

You are ready for new plants or seedlings along with some garden soil. As mulch biodegrades, you will have to add more to protect the soil and maintain the appearance. Your plants should thrive with proper watering.

Burlap is a jute fiber product that has been around for ages. Untreated burlap is chemical free and safe for the environment because it is made from the jute plant. Sheet mulching is just one way to use it in landscaping and around the house.

Did you Know?

  • Beekeepers burn burlap to produce a long lasting and hypnotic smoke to calm bees.
  • Layers of newspaper can be added underneath the burlap to further prevent growth.
  • Leftover burlap sacks can be used to store dry materials, but be sure not to create a home for pets and wild critters.

Gardening with Burlap


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gardenIf you are a fan of a natural looking garden, take a look at burlap for inspiration to recreate your surroundings outdoors. When you purchase plants, trees and shrubs from stores, their root balls are protected with burlap for a very good reason. The burlap will biodegrade over time so you don’t need to remove it when planting; roots will grow right through it, worms will devour it along with other nutrients in the ground, and eventually it will disappear.

You can use larger burlap bags under a layer of dirt and mulch in flower beds to deter weeds and protect newly planted seeds or seedlings. You can line the inside of stone, brick, and wood retaining walls to deter weeds from creeping through and the dirt from staining your landscape designs. Cover compost materials with burlap to encourage faster decomposition of food scraps and leaf piles and create richer soil. Burlap is lightweight, keeps your garden looking clean, and allows versatility to relocate your plants if you want to change it up a little.

Used burlap bags can be found in markets that sell vegetables, fruits, and coffee as well as agriculture distribution outlets and both are more than willing to give them away for reuse. Smaller bags can be used like pots to fill with soil and plants or seedlings intended for a patio or boutique style garden. They can be nurtured and then moved to a more permanent home. The burlap allows drainage and aeration to prevent roots from rotting while still maintaining a level of moisture. Put a small drain pan underneath and you can bring them indoors during extreme heat or bad weather.

Some people use them for smaller gardening endeavors like hanging a bag of strawberries or tomatoes above ground and away from ants while providing a view of cascading berries by leaving holes for branches to escape here and there.  Potatoes grow well in bags on the ground making them easier to find when ready to harvest. Attaching bags to wire fencing can create a vertical garden when stacked on top of each other if you need to save space. The bags may only last a year, but if you are planting annually, or moving plants to a permanent location once they grow, no problem.

Vegetables that do well in burlap bags include peas, cucumbers, lettuce, and peppers. Fruits that work best are the kind that produces berries. Herb gardens work especially well and fresh herbs like thyme, cilantro, parsley, or rosemary make your favorite dishes in the kitchen taste amazing. Not only are your plants on display and within reach, but the bags themselves have interesting stamped labels and rustic decorative appeal.garden1

If you are the creative type and enjoy gardening, burlap is worth a try and lends a soft, natural touch to your environment. Going green in the garden just makes sense and there are few products out there noted for being inexpensive, harmless to nature, and aesthetically pleasing all in one.

 

Innovative, New Jute and Fiber Products Rediscovered


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Quick History

For many centuries, jute has been traditionally used for the manufacturing of woven fabrics, ropes, nets, and yarns in order to package other materials. Hessian fabric, also known as burlap in the US and Canada is made from the skin of jute plants or sisal fibers and other vegetable fibers.burlap

It originated in India for rope and paper production, then the English brought it to Britain and the Scottish made it into yarn. Bangladesh and India are the world’s largest producers of Burlap today with close competition from China, Myanmar, Brazil, and Thailand.

Jute is largely grown in the Ganges delta where climates are warm and humid and there are 2-3 inches of rainfall per week. Two varieties include plants related to hibiscus and cotton. The outer stem of the plant goes through a process called retting where they are soaked and broken down into workable fibers. The fibers are woven into dense fabrics that are strong, flexible, biodegradable, and extensively recycled due to their various uses.

For a long time, the use of jute and other fiber products were declining due to new synthetic technologies, but recently there has been a surge to return to these products for new innovative and environmentally conscious reasons.

Natural Fabrics

Geotextiles and technical textiles are made of jute matting, coconut coir, straw, and wood fiber materials that absorb moisture, maintain flexibility and drain well. This makes them perfect for agricultural, structural, and civil engineering.

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Highway Construction

When large quantities of the earth are moved it creates bare slopes and hillsides that easily erode. Temporary protective barriers made with plant fibers are installed to stop erosion while still allowing vegetation to grow for a more permanent solution of grass, plants, trees and rocks.

Environmental Emergencies

When it comes to natural disasters like landslides, floods and fires, sandbags are used to protect against moving soil, water, and extinguishing chemicals, then naturally disintegrate over time. They are inexpensive enough for use in developing countries.

Other Uses

Some other uses of raw fiber like jute are used for composites, insulation, soil layer separation, pond construction, rope to secure trees, camouflage nets, and shading.

Not all geotextiles are made of natural products so be sure to ask when looking for supplies. There are three types:

        • Non-woven for drainage, stabilization, and filtering
        • Woven for road construction, under rip rap, for heavy erosion on embankments and steep slopes
        • Coir for sediment control and bio-engineering in short-term applications.

Whether you are preparing for a major commercial project or doing some landscaping at home, burlap and other jute matting and materials are durable and versatile products that get the job done without harming the environment or requiring removal when you are done. The long history of plant fiber products and their clever and practical uses has been rediscovered.

How to Use Burlap Bags in the Garden


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Burlap Bales and Burlap Rolls for GardensHave you noticed how neighbors gardens have been growing nice this year?

Look closely…neighbors who have burlap in the garden on to something. The loosely woven fabric is now a staple for many gardeners due to its versatility. Burlap is entirely biodegradable and extremely versatile, it could be of use in growing vegetables in your garden.

NYP-Corp  manufactures and distributes an assortment of burlap, including burlap bales and rolls related products for any horticultural, agricultural, or industrial requirement. Read more on burlap and exactly how it works with your garden.

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Woven Polypropylene and Burlap Spiral Tubing


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Spiral TubingIf you need woven spiral tubing, then you need to contact us.  As the only US bag manufacturer of flexible packaging product, with over 50 years of company experience, we can be sure that our time-tested product will perfectly meet your needs. As well as woven polypropylene (a thermoplastic polymer used in a variety of applications), our spiral tubing is available in heavy 7oz and extra heavy 10oz burlap.

This variety means whatever your packaging specifications are, our spiral tubing can give you the wrapping protection you need, and at the right price.

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NYP Corp Provides Wholesale Nursery Supplies


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NYP CorpNYP Corp leader in Wholesale Nursery Supplies provides quality wholesale products for all your nursery needs. They have been supplying superior nursery products since 1946 and know what it takes to make your business profitable.

They are a wholesale manufacture company that offers the best products available in large discounts from their six locations.

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When Asked Paper or Plastic, Choose Jute Instead


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NYP-Corp Biodegradable Shopping bagsNYP Corp. manufactures textile packaging of burlap, jute, paper, cotton, feed & grain bags and emergency sandbags, is very proud to introduce a truly earth-friendly alternative shopping bag made entirely of natural jute.

Did you know that the average plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to disintegrate? Each day millions of shoppers across the globe purchase products from large chain or retail stores and carry them home in a plastic bag. Once home, that bag is often thrown away to begin centuries of degrading. Precious wild, plant and ocean life throughout the planet are being harmed or killed from the toxic chemicals released when plastic begins to break down. Investing a small amount of money into a jute bag is a smart move not only environmentally, but economically as well.

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Custom Printing on Bags


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NYP Custom Printing on BagsCustomized bags can help to make a brand’s name and logo more recognizable to the public. When someone carries burlap bags with a logo on it every day as she goes to work and runs errands, everyone she comes into contact with will see it. NYP-Corp manufactures custom printing bags for companies that are trying to establish their brand identities.

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