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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


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!

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.

Erosion Control Fabric Jute Matting

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NYP Corporation Jute MattingIf you are looking for erosion control fabric, Jute Matting is an all-natural biodegradable fiber that can be woven into a groundcover cloth or net used to reduce the effects of erosion.
Jute matting is suitable for both residential and commercial uses, environmentally friendly and easy to install.


Protect Plants in Summer with Burlap

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Protecting Plants from Hot Sun With BurlapIntense summer sun is not good, for people, animals, or plants. Hot days rob the Earth of moisture and dry the tender leaves of even the most sun-friendly plants. Plants, which are new to the garden, are the most vulnerable to sun damage. The sun rapidly robs young plants of stored water, scorching their tender leaves and making photosynthesis impossible.


How to Prepare for Spring Gardening

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Nursery Horticulture SuppliesSpring has sprung, and millions of people all over the globe are anxious to put on their gardening gloves and immerse themselves in the environment they love. Any good garner knows that an excellent crop begins with the proper preparation and prep work, and we have created a streamlined list in order to highlight some of the items that you may need to create a foundation for botanical success.


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.


Burlap Used to Protect Plant Life During Winter

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Burlap Used to Protect PlantsWith the winter season right around the corner, NYP-Corp. understand the importance of protecting your old and new outdoor plant life from the harsh elements of  winter.  Utilizing burlap provides superior protection from the roots to the top of each plant, shrub or tree.


Lawn and Garden Uses For Burlap

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Use Burlap in GardenNYP Corp recognizes that, while its many textile products are for the  nursery growers, they are also used by home landscapers.

Made from the skin of the jute plant, burlap is nature’s answer to synthetic and sometimes destructive materials such as plastic. Burlap bags are entirely biodegradable and incredibly versatile. The uses for burlap are limited only to the imagination. Burlap has been widely used in the fields of fashion and home furnishing, but it has most commonly severed its many purposes in the realms of lawn and garden.