The standard type of wrapping you hear about when you think of packing is a net wrap, which is used to protect fragile items and make it easier to stack or pack them together. It is also known as the “bean” wrap because it looks like a thick yellowish or brown bag that has been stapled at one end and is usually filled with small round, brown, bean-shaped grains of rice or wheat.
Bales of straw are available in many shapes and sizes to fit various uses. Its most common applications are to protect plants during the transplanting stage, as they will provide enough protection to allow the plants to take root and to be moved out of the location where they will be planted. Also, bales are an easy way to use up stored or loose material in your yard, if you don’t have room for full-sized bulky hay bales.
Bales can be very sturdy and provide adequate shelter for various plants, but not all bales will withstand wind and rain conditions well. These bale structures are built in a similar way to an old-style railroad box, but rather than being a box the bale structure is a bale wrap. The bale layers are wrapped around each other and secured with heavy wire mesh.
You can cut open bales to determine the kind of bale used (you can also count the layers by flipping the bale over) and then rip the cover off with a long knife and hook. You should be able to see two layers of straw, and then a layer of straw to cover the top of the bale. This is the bale “bale”.
Next, you will find a layer of the straw layer that is completely covering the bale. Once again, this is the bale “bale”. If you look closely, you will notice that the net wrap does not entirely cover the bale and that is why you cannot add a bale inside the bale.
The next layer of straw or bale is then added to the bale wrap. This will cover the bale, making it easier to stack. Then a bale of straw is placed on top of the bale of straw. Now the bale has a cover and the whole bale will be covered with hay bale net wrap.
The net wrap is used to support the bale of straw, and to add more protection. The bales are stacked on top of the straw, while the hay bale net wrap is secured.
Most bales are tied tightly together using braided wire to keep the bales together while in transit. It is not uncommon to see hay bale net wrap that is less than a foot thick. It’s imperative to make sure you do not buy a bale that has been opened, because of its vulnerability to insects and birds.
Another use for hay bale net wrap is to make hay bale shelving that will hold all your seasonal hay bales or just bales of straw that you want to store until the following season. Shelving can be made from bale net wrap and corrugated fibreboard or pine board. When a bale has a long shelf life such as ten years, hay bale shelving is a great choice.
This type of bale wrap is also popular for outdoor furniture such as benches, stools, even bales of hay bale toppers for rocking chairs. By purchasing bales of net wrap and covering them with corrugated plastic, the bales will not be destroyed by sunlight and other weather elements. The corrugated plastic also makes the bales more weather resistant, as opposed to hay bale toppers that have no covering at all.
Just like you can create beds out of bales of straw, you can also develop chairs out of bales of net wrap. The easiest way to accomplish this is to fold the bale down tightly and fit the square ends into the lower loop of the net wrap, thus providing the chair with the look of a bale. The same necessary process is used to make beds.