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Burlap - Who does it and what to charge

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Patrick34, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Patrick34

    Patrick34 Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Does anyone use burlap around landscape beds to protect from salt damage? If so, what is the going rate? Thanks.
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Wrong forum. This is snowplowing.
  3. Exciteable

    Exciteable Member
    Messages: 38

    Correct forum...

    Never heard about this. Is it effective ?
  4. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    I don't see how it would help. The damage is done as the salt crystals are dissolved in the melting snow. The burlap is porous and would let the brine pass through.
  5. ChloMag

    ChloMag Member
    Messages: 35

    I have seen it used in this area, usually around ornamental shrubs that are close to the road. It is put up like a fence. I assume it could stop salt spray from passing vehicles. I don't know if it is effective.

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    Last edited: Jul 28, 2005
  6. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Well, from a snowplowing perspective, I would avoid getting salt on plants and other vegetation to begin with. This starts with the planning when you're looking over the site before it snows. Mark the beds and adjust your gates so salt isn't spread in that direction. Plan so that the downhill side will not be into the shrubs - this is included with drainage planning. If you're thinking about municipal plowing, I would think any beds wouldn't be within reach of them. Otherwise, have the homeowner discuss these concerns with the plowing contractor and how he is going to approach the problem.

    As far as salt soaking into the ground and affecting vegetation, this is caused by using too much material as it should run off as it dilutes. Otherwise, I wouldn't think anything you do above ground would help salt affects to the roots. But, you might do better consulting a Landscaper.

    If you're really concerned, have any control over what is being used and willing to go to the expense, I'd suggest looking into salt treated with a non-corrosive product as Magic or Caliber.
  7. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    Most of what I have seen is the wrapping or boxing in of shrubs to protect them from wind burn/moisture loss. I suppose that any chunks of salt kept out of the soil of island beds is a plus and will reduce some of the clean up and help in the recovery of the plants in the spring. I take it that you are talking about circling the whole island or bed area and not just the shrubs.

    I've thought of staking down a 6-10 foot wide strip along the street on my lawn so a good portion of the road salt can be picked up more easily in spring. I know it won't keep it all out. I wind up picking out quite a bit of medium to large chunks each spring since we have no curbs and the road is a bit above grade to my yard. Fortunately I have no shrubs at the roadside, but the high salt levels make turf repairs more difficult.