Protect the garden from unwanted weeds and pests with frost fabric
Frost fabric must be lightweight so as not to damage or crush the plant, but sturdy enough to deter birds and other pests. The fabric should also be heavy enough that it retains the heat from the daytime sun within but permeable so that air can circulate in and out, and water must be able to penetrate easily. Ultraviolet light should also be allowed to pass through the fabric without filtering or interference.
Frost fabric as Protective Weed Barrier
Frost cloth can be placed squarely in the dirt around plants and seedlings as well as used to cover them to get a healthy head start to the growing period. Use the blanket style frost cloth in order to effectively inhibit the growth of unwanted weeds before they can start to rob your plant of water.
Fabric can be purchased in square sheets for placing around single plants or long rolls of varying widths to cover the rows where you will plant. Frost fabric will continue to provide effective weed barrier protection for many years. It is hard-wearing and washing it is an option. You can install it as a perpetual cover on a small garden plot similar to having weed cloth laid down. Allow a small slit for the seedling to be planted in, as the plant grows the frost fabric will stretch out of the way and not damage the trunk of the plant.
Added benefits of using frostcloth in your garden
Frost fabric has many other benefits apart from protectively shielding your veggies from dreadful frost or harsh weather. It can be used instead of the commonly-used poultry or aviary netting. In years gone by, the use of dedicated poultry or aviary netting for bird control was the only solution on offer. These days though more and more gardeners are finding frost clothing as another (and maybe the better) alternative. Not only does frost fabric prevent the birds having access to your plants, just like pigeon netting or aviary netting, but it is usually a cheaper option (making a truly more popular choice).
Plants will be stronger and typically mature, they will also produce faster if they do not have to put extra energy into deterring or recovering from pests. The stress of having to deal with those garden hazards is one of the most primary reason why crops sometimes yield small or premature-looking fruits or vegetables.
By using frost cloth as protective system, you also eliminate the need for synthetic chemicals. Since, you will not be using chemicals to prevent pest, you will be giving your crops that chance to develop your naturally and healthier. The crops will yield better and more nutritious vegetables sooner if they are not always trying to recover from adverse conditions.
Installation and uses
This kind of garden fabric is considered to be best suited for flower gardens or tree beds and it can be easily laid out and secured to the ground using garden staples or pegs to inhibit weeds from growing. Frost clothing – used in vegetable gardens to rip out at harvest time – have also gained acceptance over time owing to how much time saved in cleaning beds from unwanted weeds or plant suckers throughout the growing season. At the close of the growing season, the installation of frost fabric makes it easy to remove and clean up the bed ready for next seasons veggies. Using frost cloth in your garden beds when you are planting seeds will act as a bird barrier by not giving the birds easy access to the newly planted seeds.
Woven or Non-Woven Frost Fabric?
Heavy non-woven fabrics allow a small amount of air movement to the soil and a small amount of water to penetrate, but their primary use is to suffocate anything in the ground beneath it to keep the area clear of unwanted weeds. Bear in mind that if you are installing this type of fabric as a permanent feature that over time dirt can quickly create dirt covering on top of the non-woven fabric that weeds can take root within.
Manufacturers develop woven frost fabric with the movement of water and air to the soil in mind. The woven fabric allows for water to soak through into the dirt underneath so your plants get the moisture and fertilizer you provide. This fabric also helps to retain moisture from evaporating from the soil: making this a popular garden addition in arid, dry areas. If using seasonally as a weed barrier, you can just take it up at the end of the growing season and replace, if you are using it as a permanent barrier, merely cover with mulch for further water and weed control. Because frost fabric is meant to allow air to pass through and has holes and weeds can grow through the material quickly. It is essential that you use a weed poison regularly, or if you are against chemicals in the garden, be sure to remove weeds as they start to appear to stop them from tearing up your fabric as they get bigger and take a firmer hold on the fabric.
Frost fabric is a membrane for your plants that will help stop the effects of adverse weather conditions and is also anessentialand effective deterrent for insect, bird, and animal pests. In addition, it can be used for providing protection for your fruit, vegetable or flower crops. It is a light, natural material that will not hurt your plants or soil. It will extend your growing season by reducing the risks of colder weather to plants.