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Name: Ami Awolf
Michigan (Zone 5a)
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Sep 10, 2016 5:27 AM CST
|I know you can use Burlap to cover plants, but I am wondering if anyone knows of fabric I can buy from the bolt that would work instead. I see alot of white type of plant covers but not sure of the material make up. Does anyone know?
The Farmers Almanac is predicting a bitter cold winter so I have a lot of plant areas to protect from wind.
Thank you kindly,
Sep 10, 2016 7:43 PM CST
|Row covers are the very flimsy cover that is good for frosts. Almost like gauze but not tighter weave. Can get it online at most garden stores.|
Sep 11, 2016 7:50 AM CST
|Wrapping with burlap will help to reduce wind-burn of evergreen shrubs and small trees, and you can also attach burlap to fence-posts to create a wind-break. To additionally protect plants that don't like having their roots frozen solid I would suggest you apply a deep mulch around the plants, and lay cut evergreen branches over the top, while the soil is damp and before the ground freezes. Small plants that prefer to be kept dry can be buried in a pile of sand or gravel over winter. The best insulation is snow, but I have learned not to rely on it!|
Sep 11, 2016 8:05 AM CST
|Garden stores sell white frost blankets.
I think that they are polyester.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Sep 13, 2016 12:22 PM CST
Awolf said:I know you can use Burlap to cover plants, but I am wondering if anyone knows of fabric I can buy from the bolt that would work instead. I see alot of white type of plant covers but not sure of the material make up. Does anyone know?
I have used car covers and mattress pads often when I would keep my tomatoes and a few others going into hard frost season.
Now I used ones old ones but they did work very well for spot areas, up to twelve by eight .
I also wetted down the area first which makes a big difference.
I had a burlap cover made for a tall rose, off of a bolt .
Like a six foot by three foot gunny sack.
Feb 16, 2017 5:08 PM CST
I tried horticultural blankets last fall, and they really worked. I bought the white ones; there are different types, they may be ticker (usually green) or lighter (usually white). I used them to protect the potted chrysanthemum and some hardy orchids. The pots were on the deck; they didn't even have any connection with the ground. -2 or -3C no problem. All the flowers were fresh. Even on -5C, the plants were all covered, and nothing happened. The soil didn't even freeze in the pots, and the pots were not big, just about 10". The flowers were undamaged. However, I haven't tried below -5C. I am curious what would happen on -8C or so.
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