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What is a Row Cover and How Do I Install One in My Garden?

Monday, November 19, 2018 1:10:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

Recently, floating row covers have become popularized in helping protect plants from multiple hazards like frost, wind, insects, and pests. They are uniquely used to organically grow plants without harming the environment around them with traps, chemical pesticides, smoke bomb, and other inhumane solutions to promote plant growth; as we all know, Agfabric promotes organic gardening and farming techniques to everyone to enhance a healthy lifestyle!

Agfabric offers a polypropylene, hand-spun cover that transmits sunlight, air, and water! Row covers are often used to protect the early stages of plant life in the Spring (immediately after dropping a seedling into the ground). The cover also acts as a physical barrier against pests, while simultaneously helping gardeners and farmers extend harvest dates by conserving heat underneath the cover to promote seed germination.

We have a huge selection of row covers, with multiple levels of light transmission and protection range:

Our lightweight row covers transmit approximately 90% of sunlight and are most commonly used to simply advert insects.
Medium weight row covers allow over 80% of sunlight transmission and can protect plants from frost, down to 29-degree Fahrenheit.
Heavy-duty row covers only permit 30% to 50% of sunlight. They are best to protect plants from extremely cold winters. 
P.S We also offer a large range of covers in different sized of width and length. Basically, we give you the opportunity to customize a row cover to your garden needs. 

Installing a row cover  is fairly easy; drape the fabric over a metal or plastic frame to hold the cover above plants. Viola! It’s like magic. 

But, nonsense aside, row covers are one of the easiest and most convenient solutions to give ultimate protection to your plants for every season!

Installation:

  1. Choose the right level of strength to cover your plants. If your main concern is to protect your crops from pests, its best to use a lightweight cover. Use a medium cover to promote seed germination and a heavy-duty cover to protect plants in cold freezing temperatures.
  2. Then, decide the appropriate width and length. If you're covering a small section of raised gardens beds, use a 6' W x 25' L row cover. If you need to cover an entire row of plants, use a 10' W x 100' L row cover.
  3. Lay the row cover gently over your plants, making sure to secure the edges with heavyweights like water buckets, bricks, clips, rocks, or sandboxes.
    If needed, trim the cover so it fits perfectly around your plants (or fold the edges, so you're not tripping over the fabric all the time).
  4. Finally, cover the secured edges with topsoil to prevent pests or insects from entering the row cover.
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Grow Tunnel

Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:37:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Protect your Garden from Wild Animals and Insects

Gardners use protective row tunnels for multiple reasons, specifically to fight against frost during the winter season. However, row tunnels can be used to exclude insects, wild animals, and dangerous diseases from touching plants. They are an effective organic solution to create a physical shield for many small gardens or mixed-vegetable farms. 

There are different types of row covers, but Agfabric offers a lightweight, porous, and heavy-duty tunnel to prevent various hazards from damaging your young plants. The cover also comes with tall metal hoops to easily drape the cover directly over a row of plants; we designed a tunnel that any person can easily assemble without the struggle. 

The best time to protect plants from the world is immediately after seeding a field. All gardeners must seal every edge of the row cover for effective insect and pest management. Hold edges down with heavy buckets filled with water or compost, durable plastic or metal pole markers, or garden staples. Properly sealed row covers will help promote a safer and affordable gardening solution to keep plants flourishing. 

There are many pests that come into gardens to steal food and will accidentally trample newly potted plants.

The most common garden bandits are:

  • chipmunks
  • gophers
  • mice
  • opossums
  • rabbits
  • raccoons
  • deer
  • birds

It’s important to co-exist with our friendly neighborhood friends and teach them to eat from certain locations without interrupting the growth of your plants. Never try to eradicate animals by using poison bait traps or smoke bombs! It’s inhumane and gruesome to the wildlife. That’s why it’s best to use row covers as they are a long-term solution to permanently restrict animals from mowing down brand-new nursery plants. 

We know the sinking feeling of noticing our plants covered with tiny holes from insects munching on them. The best thing is to never resort to chemical sprays as a primary solution to repel insects from eating plants. Chemical based sprays have a tremendous amount of cons, rather than pros, as they cause more harm than good to gardens (pollute water systems, endanger wildlife and people). The easiest way to protect crops from moths, flying bugs, four or multi-legged caterpillars, is by using a floating cover

Be cautious with pollination, as lots of crops need insects. Only use row covers until flowering season so bees can fly to peas, pumpkins, squash, strawberries, and beans to produce a wonderful harvest. The cover is easy to temporarily lift and redress from framed crops. 

Go ahead and visit www.agfabric.com 

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