Burlap, also known as Hessian or Crocus, is an all-natural woven fabric that is made from the skin of jute plants or sisal fibers. In upholstery, it is placed above coil springs to prevent furniture padding from falling through the springs. For example, if a chair is being reupholstered, Burlap would be placed over the springs, and then cotton, horsehair, or foam would be placed on top of it. This ensures the padding stays in place.
Burlap has many other uses because of its all-natural construction. It can be used for eco-friendly bags and rugs. It is also used in landscaping and agriculture because it is biodegradable. The fabric can be wrapped around the bottom of plant roots after being dug out of the ground for easy transportation. When planted, the fabric’s breathability provides aeration to the soil and prevents excessive moisture accumulation that would lead to mold, mildew, or rot and harm the plant. Covering the roots also provides a barrier that prevents rodents from eating and damaging them.
It is also used in erosion control for steep slopes. A layer of Burlap tacked on over grass seeds can prevent the seeds from being displaced by natural elements such as rain or wind. Landscapers often use Burlap because of its strength, durability, moisture resistance, and protective properties.
It can be useful to have Burlap on hand to create homemade sandbags in case of sudden heavy downpours. Emergy flood response often us Burlap to create sandbags for flooding. They can then be reused as they are resistant to moisture, or composted because of their biodegradability.
Burlap is also used in beekeeping. It makes for great bee smoker fuel because it produces a lot of smoke and is easy to light.
- 100% Natural Jute Burlap.
- Strong and durable.
- Resistance to moisture.
- Bags, rugs, sandbags.
- Erosion control.