One of the scariest days of spring is when I take the burlap off the boxwood hedges. I’m always relieved to see the bright green leaves that look almost neon compared to the surrounding landscape.
So far, so good. It looks like the hedge faired well over the winter. There are a few dried leaves along the tops and edges caused mainly by the burlap stretched too tight…my fault for wanting everything to look all tucked in and tidy!
The iron fence serves to dry out the burlap before storing away until next fall…when we start all over again.
The tricky part is deciding on “the day” for the unwrapping. Ideally, it should be before the last frost and cloudy. This gives the hedge some time to acclimatize between the protection stage and the bright, sunny warmer days of spring. But, as you know, predicting the weather is difficult for a meteorologist…where does that leave us, gardeners?
The front hedges look better than the back hedges (photos below), where there is some “bronzing” in places; however, it will (should) green up in no time.
The burlap and stakes are packed up and put away for at least six months…
I’m sure I’m not the only one anxious to get things rolling in the garden…patience is not a virtue of most gardeners!