December 12, 2015

Wrapping My Hedges and Shrubs with Burlap

Here at my Bedford farm, one of the first signs cooler weather is around the corner is the sight of burlap being wrapped around my shrubs and hedges. Burlap covers protect the tender branches from splaying and breaking from the weight of snow, while shielding the foliage from freezing windburn. It is a practice I've followed for years, and I think it also provides a cozy and pretty look to the winter landscape. This season, we're lucky - because of milder autumn temperatures, it appears all the burlap covers will be constructed long before the first storm arrives.

Here are some photos of this year's "burlapping" process.