Lemon­ade with black shade­cloth

NZ Lifestyle Block - - In The Orchard -

This is black shade­cloth wrapped around the lemon­ade tree as a tem­po­rary mea­sure. Good re­sults can be had from ham­mer­ing four stakes around a tree, then sta­pling frost cloth or wind­break in a dou­ble fold over the top of the trees.

This method pro­tects them from de­scend­ing frosty air at night, and from hail, but just as im­por­tantly, it still al­lows free air move­ment around the tree rather than trap­ping the tree in a cage of cold shade, which too much over-zeal­ous pro­tec­tion can do.

Plant­ing lo­ca­tion is im­por­tant too. Think ahead and don’t plant your trees where win­ter shade is go­ing to last half the day. They like to warm up and get those rays when the sun is about.

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