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Crop Covers: How and when to use them

What is a Crop Cover?

VitaAgri crop covers, also known as frost blankets or frost covers are covers made of 100% Nonwoven Polypropylene Spunbond fabric. Crop covers are lightweight and durable keeping your plants safe from damage. Unlike other commonly used alternatives, VitaAgri Non-woven crop covers allow proper airflow through the fabric and are designed to dry quickly. This means the covers do not to become heavy from surface moisture which can be potentially damaging to the plants or crops being protected.

VitaAgri crop covers are great to use in early spring to avoid damage from frost as well as during the autumn planting season to protect plants and crops while they are establishing and not as resilient to cooler temperatures and strong winds.

Protection of vegetables, flowers and crops against frost and preventing the loss of heat and moisture during the most delicate phases of the growing process.

When to use a Crop Cover

VitaAgri Crop Covers can be used for several different applications offering opportunities for season extension with minimal infrastructure and cost including,

  • Covering late Autumn crops before frost.
  • Protecting crops from early spring frost.
  • Protecting newly planted seeds from being eaten by birds and increasing germination rates by keeping soil moist.
  • Preventing newly sprouted seedlings devoured birds and other pests.
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What are the different weights and uses of VitaAgri Covers?

17gsm UV Green Crop Cover

Protection of vegetables, flowers and crops against frost and preventing the loss of heat and moisture during the most delicate phases of the growing process.

20gsm UV Green Crop Cover

Protection of plants with woody stems, the greenhouse effect and slight wind-breaking effect, ensures the thermal insulation of both aerial parts and the roots of plants.

30gsm UV Green Crop Cover

Protect of plants with woody stems during harsh winters in colder regions, whilst also protecting against small birds.

50gsm UV Green Crop Cover

Ideal protection against rain, wind, large insects, birds and well as small animals.

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How crop covers are installed

VitaAgri Crop Covers can be laid directly on the plants/crops you wish to protect or by fixing to low-tunnel hoops. The covers can be anchored down with landscape fabric pins, rocks, sandbags or by tucking the fabric under the loose top layer of soil.

Crop covers should be installed before the start of the intended season. Learn more about how to install Spunbond weed lockers

What material best protect crops and plants from frost

Non-woven Polypropylene Spunbond fabric is the best protective covering material for plants against frost.

Non-woven Polypropylene Spunbond is:

  • Breathable for plants.
  • Dries quicker than other materials.
  • Lightweight & prevents damage to delicate crops or plants.

It is also favoured by farmers because it allows light to pass through the fabric which is critical to plant growth.

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Can crop covers be left on the crops during the day?

If your selected Spunbond crop cover material allows airflow, light transmission and are lightweight they can be left of all day and for extended periods of time, but it is important to understand the requirements of each crop before deciding whether or not the leave the covers on all day.

What material best protect crops and plants from frost

Shade Netting, (or Shade Cloth) is not a great option for frost protection. Woven netting provides little protection from wind and cold.

It is strongly advised to make use of frost covers that are made from polypropylene non-woven fabric specifically designed for the intended purpose of frost protection and that creates a barrier that retains heat from the soil around the crops/plants.

Need More Information?

Should you require more information or assistance please visit our website https://www.vitatex.co.za or reach out to us via the VitaTex website contact page.

What are crop covers and what are they used for?

Crop covers are materials that are used to protect plants and crops from environmental conditions such as extreme temperatures, wind, and pests. They can be used for a variety of crops, including vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

What are the different types of crop covers available?

There are several different types of crop covers available, including:

  • Frost covers: These are used to protect plants from frost and freezing temperatures. They can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, fabric, and paper.
  • Insect netting: This type of cover is used to protect plants from insects and other pests. It is typically made from a fine mesh material that allows light and air to pass through but keeps insects out.
  • Shade cloth: Shade cloth is used to provide shade and protect plants from excessive sunlight. It is typically made from a lightweight, breathable fabric and is available in a range of colours and densities.
  • Windbreak netting: This type of cover is used to protect plants from wind damage. It is typically made from sturdy, durable material and can be used to create a barrier around the plants or over the entire growing area.
When should crop covers be used?

Crop covers should be used when the plants or crops are at risk of being damaged by environmental conditions such as frost, insects, wind, or excessive sunlight. It is important to monitor the plants and the weather conditions and use the appropriate type of cover when necessary.

How are crop covers installed?

The installation of crop covers will depend on the type of cover and the specific plants or crops being protected. In general, crop covers should be installed in a way that provides maximum protection for the plants without causing any damage. This may involve using stakes, supports, or other fasteners to secure the cover in place.

Can crop covers be used in combination with other gardening techniques or products?

Yes, crop covers can be used in combination with other gardening techniques or products. For example, they can be used in conjunction with mulch or other ground cover materials to help conserve moisture and prevent weeds. They can also be used with fertilisers, pesticides, or other plant care products to help improve the health and growth of the plants.

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South Africa, 6229

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