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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


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.

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.


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.


Different Types of Sandbags

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NYP-Corp SandbagsWhen there are catastrophic storms, such as the recent Sandy tropical storm, it’s essential to be aware of the various sandbags available. You may be curious as to what the different types of sandbags there are, as well as all their many uses, below is an overview of sandbags and their uses. When you’re looking for sandbags, you want to have the option of getting these custom sized. You may also require add printing. The most useful sandbags are those with self-closing filling valves, as well. And because every need is a little different, it’s necessary to have assorted material constructions and weights at your disposal. (more…)

How to Clean and Remove Odors From Burlap

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Cleaning and Remove Odors from BurlapBurlap can be used for a number of reasons. For instance, people often use it to make sandbags and storage bags. Since burlap has a rustic look, it is also a great material to use while making arts and crafts. For those who enjoy craft projects, they can get burlap rolls from NYP Corp. The only downside is that they tend to have a bad smell. Fortunately, the foul odors can be removed by using any of the following methods.


Creative Ideas for Reusing Burlap Bags

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Burlap Bags CraftsKnown as jute or hessian, burlap has been described as durable, tough, and coarsely woven cloth that majority of the people know it as the component used for sandbags and the familiar coffee bag.