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Using Burlap or Polypropylene Tarps for Landscaping Debris


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blog1-1Many landscapers have learned the best way to clean-up debris from lawn and flower bed maintenance is having a few tarps on hand. Large jobs can generate loads of grass clippings, trimmings, and leaves in the fall. Hauling the debris means getting it to the truck or trailer. Being quick and efficient allows them to do more jobs in less time.

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Jute Plant Fibers Create Burlap Spiral Tubing


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blog2-1If you need flexible packaging, many will consider burlap spiral tubing as well as woven polypropylene (a thermoplastic polymer), available in heavy 7oz and extra heavy 10oz burlap. Woven spiral tubing is both versatile and durable. It is created by sewing the tube in a continuous roll with the edges sewn at a 45-degree angle or bias. The tube can stretch significantly and then close when pulled from the ends. The tubing works best when the edges can still overlap and are secured with wire ties.

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Stockpile Burlap Sandbags for Hurricane Season


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blog1-1 Hurricane season begins in June and extends through November. Over the next few months, depending on several major climate factors affecting the air and ocean water temperatures, the season can be largely unpredictable. That is why being prepared for flooding is so important.

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Burlap Protects Plants from Spring’s Last Minute Cold Snaps


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blog4-1Everyone knows that plants die if temperatures are too chilly for them to endure. Spring can bounce back and forth with bouts of cold, windy, or rainy weather before getting to the more consistent weather of summer. This time of year, it is hard to decide what clothes to wear as we head out the door to work and temperamental plants, as well as the toughest, have a similar problem.

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Burlap and Cement: Strong Enough to Replace Plywood and Stucco Siding


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blog1-1 Burlap-crete is a loosely woven burlap saturated in a rapid setting cement. Unlike exterior plywood sheathing, it doesn’t warp or swell. It won’t delaminate, mold, burn, or get damaged by rodents. It doesn’t take as many tools or any special skill either. It can withstand years of weather as well as the heat of a blowtorch and hammer blows when correctly applied.

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Tis’ the Season for Burlap Gift Packaging


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blog4-1What started out as packaging needs for agriculture, landscaping, and manufacturing, provides so much more in the retail space. Over the past 80 years, new practices and ideas evolved as technology and shipping advanced. Companies across the globe are using biodegradable products – jute, flax, hemp, reeds, starch, and sugar to produce their packaging.

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Hunting for Reusable Jute and Polyethylene Livestock and Deer Corn Bags


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blog1-1Even without any added chemicals, jute fibers create cloth, like burlap, that resist water damage, clean up easily, take little additional care, and are reusable. Manmade fabric can contain some natural materials, but the synthetic parts are usually derived from petrochemicals to manufacture fibers like polyethylene.

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Burlap’s Many Uses for Halloween


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blog2-1Whether its recycled burlap bags or actual bolts of burlap fabric from a craft store, this durable cloth is perfect for Halloween decorations, costumes, and bags to carry treats.

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Jute Blankets Provide Warmth for the Landscape


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Blankets are not just for decorating your bed or keeping you warm on the couch. Tender plants need seasonal protection too. Whether it is from snow, ice, freezing, thawing, high winds, and harsh sunlight, there are several things can be done to keep your plants warm and safe as we move closer to November. Plant blankets made of jute fibers – burlap – guard against cold without suffocating susceptible plants that are too big and well-rooted to move to a simple cold frame shelter or indoors.

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Burlap Uses on the Farm and in Rural Communities


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Happiness and reliability can be measured in many ways including the number of uses you can get out of a common item like the burlap sack. Farm and ranch stores carry bins full of repurposed burlap sacks once used for carrying agricultural products like coffee beans and potatoes. Rural stores know that location limits the choices in the community and that quality along with multi-functional wares are what people crave. Large burlap bags can sell for a dollar each. A dozen or more bags provides plenty of material to get creative.blog2-1

Outdoor Work

Beyond filling these bags with dirt to grow more potatoes or other root vegetables, they can be used as dog mats and for sliding heavy objects around. Throwing a bag over a fence post in the garden, tying one of the ends, and letting it blow in the breeze, makes a quick and easy scarecrow. Of course, burlap sacks filled with straw and dressed in old clothes are the original and more traditional looking version and doubles as a fall decoration.

Burlap sacks can be used in lining the chicken coop to collect poultry droppings to save on cleaning time. Throwing them in the truck cab can keep the mud and other dirt off the seats and floors on particularly messy or rainy days. Use them for stocking food in cold storage or reinforcing or replacing ripped animal feed bags when you don’t have a larger container handy. Lining ditches and dry creek beds with burlap sacks, then covering with aggregate, is an easier way to drain excess rain water around the property. They biodegrade and won’t hurt animals, soil, or water.

Indoor Fun

If you have any craft-making abilities, try some rustic burlap coasters or small pillows for a sofa or chair. Use them for throw rugs, as a clothes hamper or hamper lining, or to decoupage your furniture drawers and cabinet fronts for a new look.blog2-22

Burlap bag sewing projects will save you money on a market bag or handbag, as kitchen curtains, and chair cushions. All you need are some scissors, pillow stuffing, a sewing machine, or needle and thread to put ideas together. Manufacturer logos make great designs but art is easily added with fabric markers or paint. Put some burlap on the walls and let the kids use fabric paint, sponges, and brushes to keep them busy too. Don’t hog all the fun!

Depending on how you use your burlap bags, you may want to soak them for a few hours in the tub in a whole jug of fabric softener combined with a couple inches of water to make them a little softer. Gently ring them out, put them in the dryer for a short time, then hang outside to finish drying. Loose string from the dryer is great for gift wrapping and other decoration. Burlap is a sturdy bargain that is undeniably useful on a farm and in the country.