December 6, 2016

Wrapping My Boxwood Hedges with Burlap

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, the outdoor grounds crew is busy "burlapping".

One of the first signs winter is just around the corner is the sight of burlap being wrapped around various 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 many years, and I think it also provides a cozy and pretty look to the winter landscape. This season, we've been very fortunate - milder autumn temperatures allowed us to get a good start on thisĀ great "burlapping" project. Yesterday, however, we woke up to a coating of snow, so winter is fast approaching.

Here are some photos.