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Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:52:43 AM »
So I got home before it got dark yesterday and began mounding all my sensitive trees with mulch as high on their trunks as I was able, bringing most of my potted trees that cared into the garage, and putting covers over the mangos and in ground sensitive trees and in some cases where they were too big to cover, I wrapped the trunks in cloth or old blankets to maybe keep them a little warmer. I mostly protect against frost so extreme temps like they are predicting down into the 20s isn't the norm. So imagine my surprise when I wake up and its pouring rain this morning with the cold weather following tonight. I imagine there wont much time for the covers and wraps to dry off. What will the results of freezing weather and wet wraps be besides ice?

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Re: Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 08:35:07 AM »
If they are wet i would take them down because they could end up doing more damage then good

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Re: Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 09:14:49 AM »
So no Igloo effect eh? I don't have any more dry blankets to put on them, especially worried about my jackfruit and sausage trees. Looks like the real severe weather is staying pretty far north of us so I guess we can hope it stays that way.

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Re: Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 07:56:18 AM »
I got home after work, most of my covers were already dry from the light breeze and sun since noon. A couple had to be tossed in the dryer and put back on. Ill pull everything off and unmound things on Sunday when I get home from drill.

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Re: Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 10:20:18 AM »
i had thrown a towel on top of a lychee seedling i had put in ground
its only about 2ft tall
its 4yrs+ old, but got shaded out a bit, and has died back from frost twice
now 3 times.
the towel got wet and all the leaves it touches went crispy.

i threw a couple of 15gal containers upside down over my aloe vera
it seemed to help a lot.
the ones unprotected lost large leaves
the ones under the containers look to be much better.

i used lots of dead leaves, a huge pile almost covering 2 Jaboticaba
now i have to dig them out, but i think it helped a good bit.

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Re: Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 12:47:25 PM »
Clear today so if breeze dies tonight with clear sky's it will be ripe for frost.

I didn't cover much last night but am for tonight

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Re: Wet tree covers in the cold issue?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 12:55:17 PM »
Supposed to be even colder tonight. Going to suck although I cant see how it would be much worse than the winter wonderland I walked out in this morning. My mulch mounds had no frost on them so I guess that part is working.

 

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