Row covers are a type of lightweight, synthetic fabric or polyethylene film used to protect crops from the elements and pests. Here are five benefits of using row covers for season extension in growing crops, with an emphasis on the support wires used to install row covers:
- Temperature control: Row covers can help regulate temperature around crops by trapping heat inside the cover, creating a microclimate that is warmer than the surrounding environment. The use of support wires to install row covers allows for the cover to be raised and lowered, allowing for greater control over the temperature around the crops.
- Pest control: Row covers can protect crops from a wide range of pests, including insects, birds, and other animals. Support wires allow the cover to be securely installed over the crops, preventing pests from accessing the crops.
- Frost protection: Row covers can provide protection for crops during light frosts, helping to prevent damage to the plants. By using support wires to install row covers, the cover can be easily removed during the day to allow for sunlight and ventilation, and then replaced at night to protect against frost.
- Moisture control: Row covers can help to retain moisture around crops, which is particularly beneficial during dry periods. The use of support wires to install row covers allows for the cover to be easily raised or lowered to allow for appropriate ventilation and moisture control.
- Increased yield: By providing protection from the elements and pests, row covers can help to increase crop yields. Additionally, by using support wires to install row covers, the cover can be easily adjusted to allow for optimal growing conditions, further increasing the potential yield of the crop.
Ken-Bar offers several styles of polyethylene Row Cover to meet your crop protection and season extensions requirement.
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