Burlap’s In Fashion This Winter

Winter’s inevitable, and just as you may, your plants will soon yearn for warmer weather. Without protection, they’ll have to battle the wind, the cold, the sun, the dry weather, salt damage, frozen water supplies and even hungry herbivores… Burlap to the rescue!

Winter in Quebec and Ontario means less tender loving care for our plants: we’d rather be bundled up in our warm homes, and so do our plants. Come the spring, if you don’t want to see sun scald on bark and burnt evergreen foliage, you may want to make sure your plants are as snug as you are when flurries abound.

Here’s the 101 on burlap screens for your tender evergreens:

  • Build a quick wooden frame to support the burlap and keep it from rubbing and damaging the foliage; a few stakes stuck in the ground to make a tent-shape should do the trick;
  • Don’t wrap your plants too snugly, and leave an opening at the very top of the wrapping; mummy-wrapping them with no room to breathe will cause them to overheat on warmer, sunnier days;
  • The south, southwest and windward sides will be the most vulnerable to wind; make sure those sides are the best protected. If your yard is particularly windy, a little extra burlap than usual will go a long way;
  • Plain burlap, snow fencing or plastic mesh fence are good materials to use; the key is to keep your plants safe from the wind and sun

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Plants To Burlap Wrap

  • Young or newly planted evergreens;
  • Rhododendrons
  • Azaleas;
  • Cedar
  • Dwarf Spruce.

Burlap’s a quick, inexpensive way you keep your plants warm and ready to spring back in all their glory when the warm weather comes.


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