How to Use Burlap Bags in the Garden

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.

What Exactly is Burlap?

Burlap is a strong, coarse-textured material from the skin of the jute plant. The fiber is partially cloth and partly wood. Bangladesh and parts of India that experience a monsoon season are big producers.

The importance of this fiber to the U.S. nursery industry rose with the introduction of rot-resistant burlap. The improved product has a longer life, making it ideal for use in root balls.

Using Burlap in the Garden

Burlap has become popular with individuals without enough space for a garden or who want to try something new. The most popular form is a burlap sack, which is biodegradable. A great thing about burlap is that often empty bags are free for the asking from coffee shop which is ideal for growing plants.

Many Uses for Burlap:

Using the bags can boost seed germination rates for slow-sprouting seeds such as parsley, cilantro and carrots. Place a strip of burlap soaked in water on top of the seeds after sowing them. The fiber keeps both soil and seeds moist. Remove the burlap at germination to give seedlings enough light.

Weed Control
The use of jute matting or erosion control is used by many gardeners. Burlap halts weeds without using chemicals. First, place a layer of overlapping bags on top of the soil. Next, pile wood chips on top of the burlap. Depending on the local climate, bags can take two to three years to break down. In the meantime, weeds don’t have a chance.

Raised Bed
You can create a raised garden bed without any digging. Start with a close-cropped mowing. Then place damp cardboard pieces in overlapping layers on top of the grass. Add 24 inches of grass clippings, chopped leaves and compost. Burlap bags on top hold the materials in place to begin decomposition, which takes about six months before forming a new garden bed.

Easy Composting
Run a lawn mower over any remaining healthy vegetable plants at season’s end. Add fallen leaves to the chopped vegetables and place the mix on a garden bed. Cover with burlap and find a compost pile by spring.

Table Settings
A garden makes a wonderful setting for a meal. Cutting burlap bags into pieces for cute placemats or table runners is cost-effective. Then compost them at the end of the summer.

Portable Planters
Vegetables consider burlap bags friends. The bags make portable planters for tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes and peppers, along with herbs.

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