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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!

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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Different Uses for Burlap


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Uses fro NYP-Corp Burlap

The uses for burlap are many, varied and quite creative. This coarsely woven durable biodegradable natural breathable cloth is also known as jute or hessian and has a long history of being used in a wide variety of traditional ways as well as in new creations that are only limited by one’s imagination. It is very inexpensive for a fabric with such a nice texture.

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Uses for Sandbags


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Uses for NYP-Corp Sandbags

Many people’s experiences with sandbags revolve around flood control. They certainly do the job better than just about anything else available. Because they can be transported empty and filled on site, they can quickly reach areas with little else available or where heavy equipment can’t.

When filled, one person can easily carry and place a sandbag. With an interlocking stacking pattern, (Read our previous blog on  How to Correctly Create a Sandbag Wall) sandbags create an excellent barrier to water. For flood control, they can be used to repair levies, create a barrier around a house, or simply block water from entering under doorways.

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Holiday Gift Ideas Using Burlap


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Holiday Gift Ideas Using BurlapNYP manufactures and distributes an assortment of burlap related products for any horticultural, agricultural, and industrial requirement. Burlap has become an ideal material for both decorative and homemade crafts for Christmas because of it’s unique rustic and natural look. Learn how to create exciting crafts by using burlap to entice your home during the holiday season.

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Growing Plants Using Burlap Bags


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Use Burlap for growing plantsIn our previous blog, “Lawn and Garden Uses for Burlap,” you learned how burlap can contain weeds, help seed growth, and for storage in limited spaces.

Burlap is entirely biodegradable and extremely versatile, it only makes sense that it can be useful in growing vegetables in your garden.

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