April 10th, 2013
The Burlap is Coming Off!
Posted by F&S
You know spring is officially here when you see all of the hundreds of yards of burlap being removed from the shrubs and ornamental trees that it protected all winter long. If you want your plantings to look decent after a long winter, burlap is definitely the way to go.
1 So here we are down at the boxwood allee and something important is taking place.
2 GK, do you know the reason for all of this burlap?
3 Every autumn, Martha has many, many bushes and objects meticulously covered with lengths of burlap in order to protect them from the harsh elements of winter.
4 The burlap is carefully hand-sewn together using jute string over a sturdy bamboo framework.
5 The burlap keeps any snow from accumulating on the bushes and it also protects them from the harsh, stinging winter winds.
6 Franny, what do you suppose they do with all of these yards and yards of burlap?
7 Oh, I see - The burlap is bundled up neatly and stored away for reuse next autumn.
8 GK, all of these bundles are labeled as to where they came off of so that the guys have an easy time next year figuring out where to use them again.
9 Sharkey, every year I am so blown away by how much work goes into this burlapping project.
10 I know what you mean, Francesca. However, look how healthy the boxwood are after a pretty rough winter season. They have very little frost burn and they have maintained their lovely shapes.
11 Girls, thanks for explaining the burlapping process so clearly to me. I grow a thick coat when it gets cold. The two of you wear coats to keep you warm. It only makes sense for shrubs to have sensible winter protection, as well.
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