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Laying garden fleece: Gardeners and plants can enjoy its usefulness throughout all seasons!

Garden fleece is a lightweight polyester material with soft texture. It is very useful because it can protect plants from frost , wind, hail and pests. You can lay garden fleece to insulate plants, to promote even earlier harvest, and to provide broader winter protection. Because fleece is porous and water-permeable, it creates a healthier environment for plant growth than non-porous materials like polyethylene. Garden fleece should be durable, UV stabilized and therefore sunlight resistant, tear resistant, washable and rot resistant.

Laying garden fleece: Instructions

Use fleece to warm the beds and protect against insects

One of the principles of garden fleece is that it can be placed directly over a crop and the crop underneath can still grow normally. In most cases, this applies to fleeces up to 20 g and even 30 g for use over a period of about a week. If cover is required for a longer period, it may be useful to support the fleece with pads.

Wrap delicate plants with protective fleece

You can lay garden fleece to provide frost protection for delicate plants when bad weather is predicted. Garden fleece can be used with different thicknesses. Heavier fleece weighing 30 g protects plants down to a temperature of about -3 °C, while standard fleece weighing 17 g provides protection to just below freezing. Cover individual plants or groups of plants with fleece and secure it with stakes or twine. If the fleece is in direct contact with the plants, remove it as soon as weather conditions improve.

For individual plants, there are fleece “jackets” made of 70 g fleece that provide protection down to about -5 °C. The design varies – some have a drawstring at the bottom, while others have zippers. Sizes vary. As long as there is a space of at least a few inches between the plants and the fleece, the cover can stay in place for weeks or months.

Garden fleece – what thickness?

Fasten fleece with string and staples

Fleeces come in different shapes and sizes, so you should always consider the thickness of your fleece. The thickness of frost fleece is measured in grams per square meter (GSM), and a higher GSM value means a thicker fleece. The thicker the fleece, the more protection it provides from low temperatures. A thick frost fleece is also durable, so it can be reused for many years. The normal mesh size of garden fleece is 2 mm and is small enough to prevent most insects from getting to your plants. Although not very strong, garden fleece is more than adequate to protect plants from attack by birds.

Laying garden fleece against frost

Laying garden fleece against frost

A fleece against frost is an ideal protection for allotment gardeners, as it covers the soil and prevents frost. Before you lay the garden fleece, first measure the area you want to cover. Since you are only laying the fleece on the ground, it will not be tight. Therefore, always use a larger fleece than the area you want to cover and secure it with staples.

Laying garden fleece to protect palm trees

If you want to protect palm or cord trees, you need to wrap a thick frost fleece loosely around the crown and trunk. Usually one layer of fleece is sufficient for adequate frost protection, but a second layer may be needed for larger trees.

Laying protective fleece for perennials

For other plants, such as shrubs, hanging baskets or specimen plants, use a protective cover. These covers have a side zipper and drawstring that allow you to quickly and easily cover groups of plants, even if they are in beds.

Remember to always use slightly larger fleeces or “jackets” than you need. By leaving a gap between your plants and the frost protection, you create an air pocket that provides an extra layer of insulation for your plants.

Protect plants with weed fleece

Use garden fleece to protect against pests

It is also very practical that you can use garden fleece to protect plants from frost. By laying garden fleece, you will control weeds in your garden without using harmful and expensive chemicals, and at the same time you will create a wonderful, nutrient-rich soil in which your plants can thrive without harming the environment. An effective remedy for unwanted growth under garden paths, patios, driveways and gravel areas, fleece is a cost-effective, long-term solution and also helps your soil stay warm and retain moisture.

Laying garden fleece for raised beds

Laying garden fleece to protect raised beds

You can also use garden fleece to cover raised beds by making pads of wood or metal to raise the fleece so it doesn’t rest directly on the soil and plants, creating an adequate layer of air between the fleece and plants.

Protective fleece is useful for all seasons

Laying garden fleece for tree protection

Winter: Use fleece outdoors to protect plants from frost or cold winds.

Spring: cover the soil with fleece for a week or two before sowing to keep it warm. Grow plants under fleece to increase temperature and allow earlier harvest compared to uncovered plants.

Fight weeds by using garden fleece

Summer: use fleece to protect plants from infestation by pests such as flea beetles or cabbage white butterflies.
Cover delicate plants with fleece during storms such as hail.

Fall: cover tender plants and flowering annuals/tender perennials so they can grow longer as temperatures drop.

How long suitable for use?

Protect field plants with protective fleece

With good care, the garden fleece of high quality can withstand several years, because it does not rot and is washable. If it is dirty, wash it on the gentle cycle in the machine or by hand. Then, let it dry completely before storing it in a dry place out of sunlight.

The disadvantage of garden fleece is that it cannot be recycled . Therefore, it is advisable to buy high quality material, as it has a long life, compared to cheap fleece that may last only one season.