December 15, 2015

Burlapping the Boxwood Allee

The great “burlapping project” continues at the farm.

As many of you know, I am a big supporter of burlapping shrubbery for the winter. The burlap insulates the plantings, keeping them safe from damaging winds, heavy snows, and freezing temperatures. Last week, I shared photos of some of the boxwood being covered around my Winter House, but the biggest burlapping project is down by the stable, at my long Boxwood Allee.

In the past, we’ve covered this allee using burlap and teepee-like frames constructed out of bamboo. Last year, we also used plastic netting over the stronger American boxwood, which can withstand harsher weather conditions better than the English variety. Because last winter was so severe, we decided to use stronger materials this season, and go back to covering everything with burlap.

Here are photos…