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Envirotect is a new plant protection crop cover from Agralan, ideal for protecting vegetable crops and shrubs against frost and insect damage. The effect is similar to normal garden fleece but it is much stronger and more durable. It is made from strips of a very soft polyethylene. When laid over a crop the effect is to provide a micro climate to encourage the growth of seeds and young plants.

How to use
For vegetables and salads � lay the cover directly on the crop immediately after sowing or planting and secure the Envirotect on all sides. Always allow enough slack for the crop to grow. Secure every 1.5 meters (60 ins.) with Agralan Tri Pegs (push the centre peg into the ground alongside the material and the short ones through the material). Alternatively, stones or timber may be used, or the edges buried.

Reseeding lawns
When reseeding patches or larger areas of lawns, cover with Envirotect immediately
after sowing. This protects against birds and conserves moisture, giving quicker and more even germination.

When to remove
Crops should not remain covered for more than six to eight weeks. Potatoes may be covered until the danger of frost has passed. When covering crops which depend on insects for pollination it should be removed during flowering. For long term protection of crops it is recommended to use "AGRALAN ENVIROMESH". Melons and courgettes will benefit from long term covering with Envirotect as they appreciate a more humid environment.

When the Envirotect is removed the plants may suffer "shock". To minimise this effect remove the cover only during mild conditions, not during periods of bright sunlight or low temperatures.

Re-use of Agralan Envirotect
If handled with care it may be re-used many times. If the material becomes dirty, light penetration will be reduced. Please note that Envirotect may be washed at low temperatures, using a mild detergent.

Under very cold conditions, early Potatoes may require more protection than is provided by a single layer of Envirotect. It is therefore preferable to use Agralan Envirofleece 30 on early potatoes. Frost protection is dependant on some moisture being present on the Envirotect. If it is very dry and frost is expected, spray the material with a fine mist of water.

A full range of crop protecting covers are available to protect fruit and vegetables against the weather and insects these include butterfly netting, bird netting, insect netting and a range of different grade garden fleeces.

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