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Floating Row Covers

Floating row covers, typically made from a light-weight spunbonded polyester such as Reemay, are primarily used for pest control. Draped loosely over soil and emerging plants, light and water pass through easily, and as plants mature they simply push up the row cover with them. Many insect pests simply don't penetrate this barrier.

Row covers also make great sense used early in spring in colder areas to warm the soil for such plants as tomatoes and peppers, and again in fall to keep the air warm and help ripen frost-sensitive fruits, protecting them from early fall frosts. In hotter climates, these row covers can be used to protect against scorching caused by intense sunlight, and also help increase yields. Used in this manner, however, it is important that ample room is left free at the sides of the plants, to allow for good air circulation.

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