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.

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So here we are down at the boxwood allee and something important is taking place.

1 So here we are down at the boxwood allee and something important is taking place.

GK, do you know the reason for all of this burlap?

2 GK, do you know the reason for all of this burlap?

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.

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.

The burlap is carefully hand-sewn together using jute string over a sturdy bamboo framework.

4 The burlap is carefully hand-sewn together using jute string over a sturdy bamboo framework.

The burlap keeps any snow from accumulating on the bushes and it also protects them from the harsh, stinging winter winds.

5 The burlap keeps any snow from accumulating on the bushes and it also protects them from the harsh, stinging winter winds.

Franny, what do you suppose they do with all of these yards and yards of burlap?

6 Franny, what do you suppose they do with all of these yards and yards of burlap?

Oh, I see - The burlap is bundled up neatly and stored away for reuse next autumn.

7 Oh, I see - The burlap is bundled up neatly and stored away for reuse next autumn.

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.

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.

Sharkey, every year I am so blown away by how much work goes into this burlapping project.

9 Sharkey, every year I am so blown away by how much work goes into this burlapping project.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comments (11)

  • Hello everyone,
    Wow!
    GK, the last picture made my jaw fall open. You are soooooooooooo handsome. I woke Karen up to see the close up photo of you. She grinned from ear to ear and said STUNNING. At first I thought she meant me, which I must say, I am stunning. But she meant you. But, you are my son so you should be stunning just like me. Hehehehehe.
    All that burlap, I bet when they gather it all together it is quite a big pile. Make sure you keep the girls away when they are gathering it up or they could get lost in the burlap. There is so much burlap, they could be lost for days. All that work that goes on at the farm. Lots of man hours in chores. Thinking of all that work is making me tired. I think I better go take a nap. Catch you all in a few hours
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Morning Girls, GK & Glue Squad Buddies, It's great to see all of you checking out the burlap being removed. Finally the weather has broken, no snow and the bushes look great. But I'm sure there's still alot of work ahead for the crew. It looks like you girls had a great time wrestling with GK Monday, he was such a good sport. Then a spring walk thru the flowers with dog treats, yummy... I had to catch up a little, sorry. Mom grounded me for a couple of days. Maddox, I had a moment of weakness over the weekend and landed in the doghouse once again. Both Mom & Dad were NOT happy with me. Ruby, how much snow did you get? Did Dad have to make a path for you? Zoe, sounds like your backyard is certainly getting ready for the season and lots of fun, Cora Belle, how are you doing? Rebel, what's new with you? Dudley Do Right, has the rain stopped now, bet you're enjoying your walks now. Kitty, are you still keeping company with your new friend? Have you told James Dean yet?? ;) Abby, have you gone to the park recently? Hope Kirby is having a good time on vacation. Riley, have you stayed out of trouble since the other day? How's Martha & Lucy? Hi Baby Favor. Well, back to the deck before the rain arrives.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Good Morning F, S & GK

    Yes signs of spring are popping up all over the place - just brings a smile to my cute face :) Pretty soon all the trees will be blooming and flowers all over the place - yahoo............

    So Missy Chow do tell why did you get in trouble ;)
    You know I love hearing those stories......

    So we have someone living in our garage at night which is freaking mom out. She brings in the leftover cat food for the strays every night so the skunks don't come around. The last week she noticed that all the dry food is gone from the bowl by morning???? We would have some really fat mice running around if they were the intruders she is thinking something big. I'm scared - you won't find my butt wandering in there at night any time soon. Dad is on a misson to locate any possible areas of entry. This is a big mystery I'll have to start looking for clues...............

    Zoe

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, WOW! How fun to see all three of you wonderful buddies together again!!! You did a great job explaining information about those burlaps and the boxwood plants look great because of them! Your weather sure has been nice and sure hope it stays that way! Can't wait to see what you do next! Maddox, your son GK is absolutely handsome and very stunning in photo #11! You are very handsome, also! I love both of you buddies!! Missy Chow, so sorry you got into trouble and hope all is better for you! It's raining again today and at least I can go outside and do my business quickly then Mom dries me off with a towel and I sit by the heater to warm up! Sure hope to hear from the rest of you buddies real soon! Have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi everybody!
    Look at all that burlap, but it is a super good idea to protect the pretty bushes. G.K. - wow, what a good looking dog you are. Mimi always wants to give you a hug when she sees your picture. I say what about the Frenchies, my girls are pretty sweet, too ya know.
    I missed yesterday 'cause Mimi had lots of work & her annual doctor appointment - so no computer time for me.
    All is quiet here for now, the sky is getting dark, I wonder if this will be our first boomer storm of the summer...time to be brave!
    I'll check in later to see how everyone is doing.
    your pal,
    Rebel

  • Burlap coming off, dogs enjoying the outdoor, GK and the Frenchies looking adorable, what more can one want, except for good weather here ;-)
    Good Morning everyone!!! :-) I was late yesterday in posting, so if interested check out the post.
    Missy Chow, Kitty goes out in the most horrible rain storm in the hopes that HE will come back...right now she is sitting on the upper deck overlooking the yard and hoping he will show up...not me though...I have no idea if he is wild or a dumped cat or owned cat...but nonetheless it irritates me when I see he still is an intact male ;-(
    We are expecting snow, possible 15" I mean come on!!!!
    OK I'm depressed over this weather, have not seen Spring except for that one Crocus like I mentioned yesterday...please I don't want to miss Spring my favorite time of year!!!!

    Well my dear friends here on DW Glue-Squad have a great Wednesday.
    I will try, and so will my furlove Kitty

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Sharkey,Francesca, handsome G.K., Missy Chow, Maddox, Sweet Dudley, Delia and Kitty, Ruby Tuesday, and all mt glue squad friends-
    What a lot of hard work goes into making all the gardens and plants thrive at the farm. Good job Sharkey and Franny supervising the work.
    Missy Chow, don't be discouraged by setbacks in your training, everyone has little moments then we stride forward again. SPRING is finally here, Mom spent five hours Sunday turning over the soil in the vegetable garden. She saw a tiny dwarf American toad under several inches of soil just resting and eating earthworms. Really incredible find. Now we have to make a "toad house" for him with an upturned clay flower pot. Garden catalogs here, cannot wait to see what grows next.
    Abby went to the duck pond on Monday and had a great time! She saw lots of turtles basking on rocks in the sun, geese, and our mallard duck hybrid friends.
    Ruby, are you helping out in the garden too? Rebel, have you seen any ducks? Maddox, hope you are enjoying more deck time. Hello and purrs out to Kitty, I am glad you have a new fellow cat to keep you company. Dudley, I hope you have some sunshine today. Where is Zoe? Maybe she is watching the Phillies.
    Well, back to my history books and baseball analysis before a cat nap. Purrrs to all- James Dean
    P.S. 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.....:)

  • Franny, Sharkey, and G.K., I must say I am very jealous of you because you finally have nice weather. It still feels wintry here in Chicago and they're actually expecting snow on Friday yikes! The farm looks great and MommyM has a fantastic crew to maintain it.

    Missy Chow you're so cute, you know your Mommy and Daddy love you no matter what you do. Zoe sounds like you need the help of PSI: Paw Scene Investigation to solve this mystery. Be careful! Have a wonderful day Glue Squad DW buddies. :smile:

  • Hello Girls, G.K. & Glue Squad Buddies,
    I am soooo late today. The men in the house were computer hogs. And they say I am. I mean, geez!! This is so fun to learn from you 3 on this burlap stuff. I am getting so excited to see the farm and gardens in all their glory at your place. You must all be so busy in the summer you can hardly rest. We got about 6" or more of snow--hard to tell as it melts so quick. I am still waiting for one like you all got back East that sticks around and is a foot. Zoe, what do you suppose is eating the food? Lions, tigers or bears oh my???? I am scared too!!! Missy, girlfriend, you and I and Riley just keep being magnets to trouble. Just restate what you are doing and confuse the parents. Like I am a landscape professional now, not a digger. Hehehehehehe Guess what? Dad has a new game called SIT, STAY. We did something similar with a treat at the end and now that he says I have muffin top, we are playing this new game and I like it better. He points his finger to me, says sit, stay and goes all over the house in different rooms, and then I hear, "O.K. Ruby and I go running and find him and then butt vroom and we do it all over again. Yesterday the UPS guy came and Dad played it then and I stayed while he got the package off the porch. It is just an in house and back yard game for now. Mom thinks I will cheat in the front yard and run off. Abby, glad you got to get back in Mom's car and go to the Duck Pond. Rebel, I sure hope your ducks have babies. Wouldn't that be fun to see? Dudley, soon the rains will be gone and you will have lots of wonderful smells on your next walk after the rains. Sonya, Delia and Kitty, we are expecting snow again later in the week too. Kitty, I have the answer for the boyfriend situation. Jimmy can be your long distance boyfriend and the new guy (if Mama Delia meets him and likes him only) can be your in town guy. Well all, I hope everyone has a GEM of a day.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Thanks for telling us all about the burlap and how it protects the shrubs. Now that it's coming off, surely spring is here!! BTW, what a handsome picture of you, G.K.!!

  • Hey, where is Cora-Belle???????
    Maddox

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