January 17, 2013
The Great Burlapping Project at the Farm
For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I am a big proponent of burlapping all sorts of shrubbery for the winter months. I also like to have garden ornaments protected from the elements, as well. I have a lot invested in these plants and objects and a heavy snowstorm can wreak havoc on their well being. Burlap covers make me feel confident that things will be fine in the spring and besides, I really like the way the burlap looks in the landscape.
1 We had a heavy snow last night, so I was glad that all of the burlapping had been completed.
2 As you can see, burlapping at the farm is an enormous undertaking.
3 The burlap is hand-stitched with natural jute twine.
4 This is my undulating boxwood allee, which is really looking great.
5 A bamboo 'tee-pee' style frame is constructed around the boxwood.
6 Wooden stakes are pounded into the ground to fasten the burlap.
7 Long sheets of burlap are draped over the bamboo frame and the stitching begins using a long craft needle.
8 Wooden shims are also part of the design.
9 The wooden shims are screwed onto the wooden stakes, sandwiching the burlap between, holding it nice and taut.
10 I've been burlapping for many years and find that it is really the most reliable way to protect shrubs.
11 In springtime, the stitching is cut and removed and the burlap is folded, labeled as to what it covered, and stored for reuse.
12 People say I'm burlap crazy, but.....
13 Look at the boxwood allee after the surprise early snowfall of October 30, 2011. The allee was terribly misshapen and some shrubs had to be replaced.
14 Burlap crazy? I don't think so!
15 Frames are constructed around the standard lilac and are covered with burlap.
16 This photo was taken at holiday time and I like the alien effect of these structures.
17 You can see how nicely they are stitched together.
18 This is a burlap wind block around the tree peony bed. Bedford is a very windy property.
19 Again, wooden stakes are pounded into the ground and the burlap is fastened onto the stakes with screws.
20 This is the boxwood hedge surrounding the herbaceous peony bed.
21 Another view
22 This is a new garden, a work in progress, behind the summer house. I call it the boxwood room.
23 I even have the crew wrap all the outdoor urns in plastic and then cover with burlap. They look very neat!
24 All of the shrubs around the house are burlapped.
25 The crew threatens to cover the house with burlap!
26 Yesterday, we had a considerable snowfall.
27 The standard lilacs are safely tucked away.
28 This row of boxwood collected a lot of snow, but the branches and foliage are protected beneath the burlap covering.
29 Burlapping is a lot of work, but, I think you'll agree that it's worth it!