Topic: The benefit of using frost blanketimg…1It is a normal practice to shield tender plants. From the use of boxes and old baskets to curtains and bedsheets, shad-cloth, and burlap, plastic and vinyl. One product that is available commercially is frost blanket. This is a breathable and extremely light fabric, which is produced from spun-bonded polyethylene or polypropylene. The sun will take in heat on a sunny day. Overnight, as the air temperatures fall, the soil will lose warmness. The reason behind the covering is to hold the heat in the soil and keep the warmer air within the plant. This prevents the quick cooling of the surface to form frost. The second point behind this process is that the frost blanket befits the surface where the moisture freezes instead of the plant tissues. Row covers that have been recycled must be removed or folded back during the day, in order to give room for light to get in contact with the plant. This is also important in preventing overheating, which can occur easily under vinyl or plastics. The advantage of the frost blanket it can be used over the plants for a longer time when necessary. They also provide a form of insulating layer while giving room to the transmission of light unlike the plastic, which requires a higher degree of the porousness of both air and rain movement. It is important to confirm that the row cover is attached and closed securely in the position where it comes in contact with the ground. This will conserve the warmth of the soil around the plant and prevent the removal of the cover by the breeze. Irrespective of how the row cover is deployed, it is totally impermeable to the loss of heat. In conclusion, the use of blanket can reduce the influence of frost in different ways, including the physical preventing of ice from forming straight on plants or capturing warmer air. They don’t damage the plants if they are used over the plants for an extended period because it provides a light-filled, warm and cushy microclimate for plants that are sensitive to flourish.
How to reduce frost damage
- Insulate properly.
- Reduce the application of fertilizer during the end of the summer because new growth is more vulnerable than older leaves.
- Overcome the desire to prune scruffy or dead leaves, as they will help in protecting the core of the plant from cold.
- Change the location of pot plant from shelter to verandas or overhangs
- Harvesting should be carried out early.
- Before the watering process, ensure that the plants are not under stress. A soil that is moist will accommodate more heat when compared to a dry soil. Beware of excess water.
- A temporary cover over stationery and susceptible plants are effectively, especially if properly done
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