Using row cover to protect your garden from frosts, pests and more
August 27, 2022
What Is Row Cover?
Row cover, also called floating row cover or spun-bonded row cover, is a light-weight and gauze-like white fabric made from polypropylene. Row cover ranges in thicknesses. A lighter weight fabric, might be labeled as 15gram to 34gram. Row cover can be cut to size using sharp scissors, which is helpful because it typically comes in large rolls of varying widths and lengths.
Rayson makes two shapes of row cover. One is in piece, the other one is in roll. The popular size in piece is 1.6m x 10m. It is folded and packed in a polybag. The size for roll is also 1.6m x 10m. But it is with folded width to 80cm which makes it easier for packing.
Why Use Row Cover?
1. Protect Warm Season Crops Against Frost
Garden fabric varies in weight and density. To keep plants protected from frost, you’ll need a heavier weight material that is specifically created to trap heat.
2. Protect Cool Season Crops From Heat, or Warm Them Up in Winter
Row covers also allow you to extend the harvest of cool weather crops such as kale by providing relief from the hot sun.
3. Keep Pests Out
A lightweight floating row cover can change everything if insects, rabbits, or deer often feast on your plants. Look for ones that are marketed for this purpose.
4. Reduce Transplant Shock
Seedlings grown indoors often can’t handle the stress of outdoor weather right away.
So, seedlings are typically hardened off, which means they are slowly introduced to the outdoors before being transplanted into the garden.
How to Use the plant Covers?
You can cover the plant covers for freeze over your the plants loosely directly and then secure the plant frost blanket with soil, stones or staples. You can also support the floating row covers with a hoop, make enough room for plants to breath and grow. You could also cut the plant covers into different sizes for different purposes.