Wrapping shrubs with burlap is a straightforward way to protect the plants from ice, snow, and winter frost. Read below to find out more.
Burlap Plant Protection
Using burlap to protect your shrubs during the winter protects them from winter burn, an adverse condition brought on by depleted soil moisture and winter sunshine.
Burlap is more helpful than plastic since it lets the shrub breathe, so air circulates, and heat doesn’t get trapped. Burlap for shielding your plants can be comfortable with an old burlap bag. If you don’t have any burlap bags lying around, you can buy them at most tree care businesses.
Covering Shrubs with Burlap
To cover a shrub with burlap, start by putting some stakes around the shrub, leaving a few inches of space between the plant and stakes. Put two layers of burlap over the stakes and fastened the material to the stakes using staples. Most tree specialists suggest that you don’t let the burlap touch the shrub. Not as bothersome as plastic, if burlap gets wet and freezes, it can harm the plant.
In a pinch, though, it shouldn’t damage the plant to wrap it in burlap or drape burlap over the plant if cold weather is forthcoming. Take the burlap off as soon as the cold weather eases up. However, leave the stakes so you can cover the plant swiftly in case of another cold snap. Detach the stakes in spring when it’s obvious the cold weather is over.
Which shrubs need burlap?
Not all shrubs need protecting in the wintertime. If your temps are mild or if winter weather is just a sporadic light frost, your shrubs might not require any protection besides a layer of mulch. Though, burlap is useful to have around in case of a sudden drop in temperatures.
The need for protection also is contingent on the type of shrub. For example, perennials are sturdy plants, but even sturdy plants can be destroyed if they aren’t healthy or if they are planted in poorly drained and soggy soil.
Usually, freshly planted shrubs profit from protection for a couple of winters but are winter-adaptable when they become established. One of our arborists can help you with your trees and shrubs if you have any questions.
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