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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Aug 21, 2019 11:23 AM CST
Polartec is just a brand of fleece, the cheap throws I get from the dollar store are probably not the brand but it really does not matter. I had the heavy weight frost cloth but found it a pain to put away, it was not easy to fold up and it was always pretty dirty by the end of the season.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Aug 22, 2019 6:29 AM CST
I have frost cloth, bought a roll on clearance many years ago at Home Depot, it works well and most of our cold fronts have rain prior so it dries out really quickly. My dad got a roll of Polypropylene Landscape Fabric at a garage sale, knowing him for a buck Hilarious! , I started using that also to cover plants and it works really well to keep frost off. I have never had to wash either the frost cloth or the landscape fabric, the dirt shakes right off once dried out.

Another thing I do is put up beach umbrellas over some of my taller plants, like crotons, I have some very good old sturdy cast iron stands, you would not believe the difference of the plants covered just by a six foot umbrella and the ones not covered.

Being campers for decades and losing a few EZ up tent canopies, we have saved the top fabric canopy part and use those when we really have freezing or below, now those work really well especially on a large area of ground plants like bromeliads, use rocks to hold them down in wind.

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