December 11, 2023

Covering Outdoor Garden Containers and Birdbaths with Burlap for the Winter

You know winter is near when various ornamental vessels around my Bedford, New York farm are covered in burlap.

As many of you know, I've been covering shrubs and hedges with burlap for many years to protect them from splaying and breaking from the weight of snow and ice. I have shared posts showing our annual process. I feel it is equally important to protect my outdoor garden ornaments from the harsh winter elements. A winter freeze, alternating with thaws, could crack or crumble any kind of stone or cement, especially if it is antique. During this time, all my outdoor planters, birdbaths, stanchions, etc., are covered in the same burlap used for my live specimens. This year, we started with the giant containers and birdbaths in my cobblestone stable courtyard.

Here are some photos, enjoy.