Is it possible to use 1 mil.translucent
polyethylene sheeting to protect plants from
frost or freeze in early spring?
This year my backyard vineyard took a big hit
during Easter Week. We had about 4 days of temps
down to 28 degrees.
My vines were just getting ready for bud break.
The freezes killed 95% of my fruiting buds on
last years shoots (pruned to spurs). I have a
lot of canopy this year but it is from buds on
"Old" wood - wood older that last years growth
and these shoots do not produce grapes.
I was thinking that next year I might try using
the sheeting over the pruned vines if there is a
threat of a freeze in early to mid April.
Any ideas whether this would work?
I have a U.S. Plastics catalog and they sell 1 mil
sheeting (9' x 400') rolls for $37.91 and 12' x
400' rolls for $50.79. They also carry the
sheeting in 2 mil, 4 mil and 6 mil thicknesses
for higher price.
If this would work, it would be worth the money to
me. I still have to maintain and spray the
vineyard this year even though I will not be
harvesting fruit. What few bunches I have, I
will donate to the birds and not even put up
netting this year.