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How to cover a lemon tree with thermal blanket to prevent frost

How to cover a lemon tree with thermal blanket to prevent frost

Lemon Tree with Thermal Blanket for Frost and Freeze Protection

Lemon trees (Citrus x limón) are among the citrus varieties most susceptible to frost damage. A lemon tree with thermal blanket can be protected. According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, lemon trees can withstand zones 8b to 11. When the temperature drops below 29 degrees Fahrenheit and stays there for more than about 30 minutes, your lemon tree is at risk. It only takes a few minutes to cover your lemon tree with thermal fabric to shield it from potentially lethal frost exposure.

Small trees with frost cloth
The INVERNAVELO® thermal tree blanket takes only a few minutes to cover the tree and protect it from potentially lethal frosts.

Protect Your Crop from Freezes

  1. Harvest all ripe lemons when frost is forecasted. While “Eureka” and “Lisbon” lemons are protected by thick peels, lemons can be ruined by sustained temperatures below 28 degrees F. Lemons on the tree weigh down young or weak limbs, which can damage or break them.
  2. Wrap several layers of sturdy cardboard around the lemon tree trunk just before dusk. Cover it from the lower branches down to the ground. Tie the rope around the cardboard to keep it in place. Remove the wrapping during the day to allow the trunk to absorb as much heat as possible. Replace it at dusk until the frost risk has passed.
  3. Decorate the branches and trunk of your lemon tree with festive outdoor lights, which can raise the temperature under the canopy cover by two or three degrees. Do not use LED lights as they do not generate heat. Turn them on at dusk and off when the sun is fully up.
  4. Cover the lemon tree with thermal blanket for the night. Place it over the canopy and wrap the entire plant from the top down to the ground to create a warmer environment than the ambient air. Do not use plastic as it does not retain heat as well. Remove the blankets during the day.
Tree covered by thermal blanket
Cover the lemon tree with the INVERNAVELO® frost cloth and wrap the tree completely from the top to the ground during the night to create a warmer environment.

How to Cover a Lemon Tree with Thermal Blanket to Prevent Frost

  1. Thoroughly water the planting site to uniformly moisten the soil from about 12 inches away from the lemon tree trunk to approximately 1 or 2 feet beyond the drip line. When the moist soil freezes, it protects the tree roots from damage. Keep the tree hydrated throughout the winter to prevent water stress. Water trees younger than three years about 1 inch per week from November to February if there’s no rain. Give older trees 1 to 2 inches of water each week from September to February in the absence of rain.
  2. Check the trunk and foliage of your lemon tree daily for scale insect and aphid pests that often affect citrus plants during the winter months. Spray them with a strong stream from the garden hose. Treat the tree with insecticidal soap. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application doses.
  3. Feed lemon trees three years or older if mature leaves turn lighter in color. Use a balanced citrus fertilizer with micronutrients, applied according to package instructions. Do not feed the tree if there’s no change in leaf color. Do not fertilize younger trees during winter as they are more susceptible to growth flush damage than mature trees.
Anti-freeze fabric
During the winter, the tree trunk and foliage should be checked for pests that can cause considerable damage to the tree, avoid such damage with INVERNAVELO® non-woven fabric.

Things You’ll Need

  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Rope
  • Festive outdoor lights
  • INVERNAVELO® Anti-Frost Blanket
  • Garden hose
  • Insecticidal soap
  • Balanced citrus fertilizer with micronutrients

Tips

Position lemon trees at the highest point on your property. Cold air and excess water accumulate at low points. Squeeze lemons and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Store the frozen juice cubes in sealable food storage bags.

lemon tree with thermal blanket
It is not recommended to fertilize young trees during winter seasons, because chemicals can affect their growth flow, reduce the use of chemicals with INVERNAVELO® anti-cold cloth.

Fill out the form below to let us know your questions or comments:

Lemon Tree with Thermal Blanket for Frost and Freeze Protection

Lemon trees (Citrus x limón) are among the citrus varieties most susceptible to frost damage. A lemon tree with thermal blanket can be protected. According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, lemon trees can withstand zones 8b to 11. When the temperature drops below 29 degrees Fahrenheit and stays there for more than about 30 minutes, your lemon tree is at risk. It only takes a few minutes to cover your lemon tree with thermal fabric to shield it from potentially lethal frost exposure.

Small trees with frost cloth
The INVERNAVELO® thermal tree blanket takes only a few minutes to cover the tree and protect it from potentially lethal frosts.

Protect Your Crop from Freezes

  1. Harvest all ripe lemons when frost is forecasted. While “Eureka” and “Lisbon” lemons are protected by thick peels, lemons can be ruined by sustained temperatures below 28 degrees F. Lemons on the tree weigh down young or weak limbs, which can damage or break them.
  2. Wrap several layers of sturdy cardboard around the lemon tree trunk just before dusk. Cover it from the lower branches down to the ground. Tie the rope around the cardboard to keep it in place. Remove the wrapping during the day to allow the trunk to absorb as much heat as possible. Replace it at dusk until the frost risk has passed.
  3. Decorate the branches and trunk of your lemon tree with festive outdoor lights, which can raise the temperature under the canopy cover by two or three degrees. Do not use LED lights as they do not generate heat. Turn them on at dusk and off when the sun is fully up.
  4. Cover the lemon tree with thermal blanket for the night. Place it over the canopy and wrap the entire plant from the top down to the ground to create a warmer environment than the ambient air. Do not use plastic as it does not retain heat as well. Remove the blankets during the day.
Tree covered by thermal blanket
Cover the lemon tree with the INVERNAVELO® frost cloth and wrap the tree completely from the top to the ground during the night to create a warmer environment.

How to Cover a Lemon Tree with Thermal Blanket to Prevent Frost

  1. Thoroughly water the planting site to uniformly moisten the soil from about 12 inches away from the lemon tree trunk to approximately 1 or 2 feet beyond the drip line. When the moist soil freezes, it protects the tree roots from damage. Keep the tree hydrated throughout the winter to prevent water stress. Water trees younger than three years about 1 inch per week from November to February if there’s no rain. Give older trees 1 to 2 inches of water each week from September to February in the absence of rain.
  2. Check the trunk and foliage of your lemon tree daily for scale insect and aphid pests that often affect citrus plants during the winter months. Spray them with a strong stream from the garden hose. Treat the tree with insecticidal soap. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application doses.
  3. Feed lemon trees three years or older if mature leaves turn lighter in color. Use a balanced citrus fertilizer with micronutrients, applied according to package instructions. Do not feed the tree if there’s no change in leaf color. Do not fertilize younger trees during winter as they are more susceptible to growth flush damage than mature trees.
Anti-freeze fabric
During the winter, the tree trunk and foliage should be checked for pests that can cause considerable damage to the tree, avoid such damage with INVERNAVELO® non-woven fabric.

Things You’ll Need

  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Rope
  • Festive outdoor lights
  • INVERNAVELO® Anti-Frost Blanket
  • Garden hose
  • Insecticidal soap
  • Balanced citrus fertilizer with micronutrients

Tips

Position lemon trees at the highest point on your property. Cold air and excess water accumulate at low points. Squeeze lemons and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Store the frozen juice cubes in sealable food storage bags.

lemon tree with thermal blanket
It is not recommended to fertilize young trees during winter seasons, because chemicals can affect their growth flow, reduce the use of chemicals with INVERNAVELO® anti-cold cloth.

Fill out the form below to let us know your questions or comments:

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