Burlap Used to Protect Plant Life During Winter

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.

Not only will burlap protect against winter weather, it helps defend against rodents and deer. With a shortage of food during the winter months, they search and feed on bark, twigs, flower buds, and foliage causing significant damage; sometimes killing the trees and shrubs.

Burlap Wrapping

NYP-Corp’s burlap rolls and burlap sheets are breathable materials that have been used for years as a natural covering; protecting plants and shrubs. It will not break down, protects from harsh temperatures and climates, and is a great insulator by retaining heat. Sun Scald, referred to as elongated cracked and dried areas of dead bark are common for young trees, newly planted trees and thin-barked trees. On cold days, the sun can heat up damaged areas of the bark, once the sun is blocked, the temperature of the bark drops drastically killing the active tissue. Sun Scald can be prevented by wrapping the trunk with burlap. The burlap will reflect the sun and keep the bark at a more consent temperature eliminating the effects of damage. Not only it can burlap protect, it’s easy to work with when wrapping vegetation.

Plant life can be harmed during the winter months from weather hazards such as snow, ice, cold temperatures, and wind. The weight of the ice and snow can result in broken branches. Root systems need shelter from soil as it freezes and thaws (foliage water loss) causing potential damage by not being able to replace the lost water, resulting in browning of the plant tissue.

A successful way to protect the plant can be done by wrapping by the use of  burlap in the fall, right after the leaves have fallen and before the harsh weather arrives. A method that is used often is pruning branches if needed and then gather and bind them upward. Then the entire plant should be wrapped two or three times with burlap.

Burlap Screen

Another method used instead of binding the branches is having to create a barrier around each plant. Securely insert the appropriate amount of stakes in the ground, making sure the entire plant is fully surrounded. Burlap is then wrapped around the stakes and still offers adequate protection from the elements. Make sure you leave an opening at the top to allow for some air and light penetration. If vegetation is planted near a public road, it will need protection from the salt that is spread to melt ice and plowed snow. This burlap barrier may help provide protection from salt spray.

A similar method is used to protect shrubbery. To protect a line of shrubbery, place wood stakes in the ground all around the shrubs. Unroll the burlap rolls two or three times around the stakes with all the shrubs inside to produce an effective weather barrier.

Burlap should provide complete protection from top to bottom for shrubs and other plants including covering the top of each unless only a wind barrier is needed for large trees. Exposed edges can be secured with sisal twine. Edges along the ground should be secured with rocks or mulch to prevent cold air, snow, and ice from forming underneath and preventing animals from getting in and causing damage. This covering should be removed once the winter season is coming to an end and spring is near.

Using NYP-Corp. burlap rolls and sheets to protect outdoor shrubs, plants, and trees during winter should be a routine part of autumn landscaping maintenance. The time and effort spent will be well worth the sight of new growth in the spring.

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This entry was posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 8:46 am and is filed under Burlap, NYP-Corp News, Uncategorized.

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