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Burlap Bags Protects Plants from Spring Cold Snaps

Burlap Bags Protects Plants from Spring Cold Snaps When the temperatures become too cold for plants to endure, many will die. Spring is an unpredictable season, with bouts of rainy, windy, or cold weather before it becomes consistently warm throughout the summer months. It’s difficult to decide what clothes we should wear this time of year when we head off to school or work. Even the toughest, most temperamental plants have this same problem.

If spring begins too early in the year, it’s likely there will be a major freeze at some point that will kill new plants with unhardened stems. The good news is that these plants will be able to manage cold weather easier in the future, but they will still need to be protected prior to maturation. The plant cells inside of shrubs and trees are most vulnerable to cold weather when they are young or following a transplant. It can take one to two years to reach a hardy maturity level.

Equally dangerous are warm spells, as hot temperatures can quickly evaporate the moisture reserves plants need to get through the winter months. Plants, including evergreens with roots, cannot draw moisture in from the soil in the frozen ground. In early spring, when the ground is more prone to thawing and freezing, it can shift your plants which will expose the roots.

Using Burlap Bags to Protect Your Plants

A hardy or newly-planted shrub, tree, or perennial should have a 2- to 4-inch layer of protection to keep it protected from sun, wind, and moderate temperature changes. There are a variety of natural and environmentally-friendly solutions to choose from, including a heavy-duty paper bag, mulched leaves, and burlap bags. When these tools are combined, your plants will get the protection they need until the shelters are removed, while keeping your yard maintained so it looks aesthetically pleasing. You may need to use the shelters for one or two years until a recently-planted shrub or tree is well-established in the ground. Plantings in need of long-term attention can discretely be placed in your backyard and be moved into place or planted in a less prominent spot later on.

One of the most breathable and versatile shelters available for small trees and shrubs is burlap. You should measure a length of material that is long enough to wrap a couple of times around the plant. Once it has been draped across one side of the plant, the branches should be carefully positioned so that the material can be wrapped around it loosely. For larger plants, the material will need to be taken up or down with every new layer. To hold the burlap in place, twine can be looped around it.

To allow for more support and air space, burlap can be used as a barrier by stapling it to a couple of tomato stakes around the plant. Make sure that the walls are at least 6 inches higher than your plants.

Coarse burlap can shield a row of seedlings, or provide individual cover to create a windbreak or sunscreen for protection.

Spring offers a whirlwind of surprises, but a simple, inexpensive burlap bag can help you prepare your plants for the warmer months ahead.