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Reforestation

Alternatives to Burlap for Wrapping Seedlings

Traditionally, sheets of burlap have been used to wrap bareroot seedlings into bundles that fit in planters’ bags, but rolls of polypropylene- and cellulose-based toweling are becoming more popular. These lightweight materials clean up easily, hold moisture well, and can be reused several times before being discarded.

Photo of bareroot seedlings wrapped in a roll of polypropylene toweling.

When Kimberly-Clark Corp. discontinued cutting a favorite product, Kimtex, into the proper size needed to wrap seedlings, MTDC searched for alternative materials that might provide the needed absorbency, reusability, stability, and affordability. A DuPont product, spun-woven Sontara, worked best in limited evaluations.

The tech tip, Reusable Toweling for Wrapping Tree Seedlings (0524–2323–MTDC), discusses the evaluation’s results, provides contact information for two suppliers of Sontara, and includes a summary of the proper procedures for wrapping trees.

For more information on reusable toweling for wrapping seedlings, contact Brian Vachowski, project leader (phone: 406–329–3935; e-mail: bvachowski@fs.fed.us).

To order the tech tip, contact MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; e-mail: cahegman@fs.fed.us).


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