Garden/Horticulture Fleece

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Protect early crops and tender plants against the weather, insect pests and damage from small birds. Water light and air can pass through the material.

Vegetables & Salad Crops
Cover the crop immediately after sowing or planting and secure the fleece on all sides. Preferably fold the edge to give a double layer and secure every 15m with Tri-Pegs, stones or timber.

Tender Plants and Shrubs
These should be loosely wrapped and secured with string if a frost is forecast. It is preferable to use Envirofleece 30g for this purpose for added insulation.

In the Greenhouse
Loosely drape the material over sensitive plants if there is a risk of frost. If the frost forecast is severe a double layer may be used.

Seed Trays and Cuttings
These may be covered continuously which will help prevent moisture loss and aid propagation.

Reseeding Lawns
When reseeding, cover with fleece immediately after sowing. This protects against small 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 past. If the crops depend on insects for pollination it should be removed during flowering.

Cucumbers, melons and courgettes will benefit from long term covering with fleece as they appreciate a more humid environment.

When the fleece is removed the plants may suffer 'shock'. T minimise this remove the cover only during mild conditions, not during periods of bright sunlight or low temperatures.

Reuse
The fleece may be washed at a low temperature using a mild detergent.

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