Uses for Burlap

From controlling erosion to storing your vegetables, burlap can be quite versatile in the garden.
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One of the most underused gardening items is burlap. Here is a list of uses for this cloth:

  • Use burlap to help control erosion on steep slopes.
  • Cover plants with it to provide a few degrees of frost protection.
  • Burlap is the perfect material for wrapping evergreens prone to damage from the weight of heavy snow.
  • Use it to move heavy objects.
  • When filled with compost and tied at the top, a small square of burlap serves as an excellent soaker bag for brewing compost tea.
  • Small pieces of burlap can be used to cover the drainage holes of pots before adding soil mix.
  • Because they're porous, burlap bags are great for storing onions and potatoes.
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