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DIY: Performance Fleece for Your Fruit Trees

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DIY: Performance Fleece for Your Fruit Trees

January 11, 2013

A few years ago when my mom was living in Napa Valley, she had an ongoing battle against the local deer and turkeys over the almost-ripened fruit she had been waiting for all winter. Recently I spotted this simple (and not completely unattractive) way to cover fruit trees in the winter, keeping them safe from nearby birds and animals until ready to harvest.

The idea comes from Blue Hill Farm, a 138-acre farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where pear trees were covered in a lightweight fleece cover and tied off with sturdy twine. After flowering and pollinating are over, cover green fruit with our sources below—and see this week’s 10 Easy Pieces: Plant Blankets for more ideas for keeping the garden warm.

A bolt of \100 percent Sheep&#8\2\17;s Wool Frost Protection Fleece is 8.50 from Manufactum.
Above: A bolt of 100 percent Sheep’s Wool Frost Protection Fleece is 8.50 from Manufactum.

Above: Jute Twine (from $1.89 to $19.99 from Dick Blick) and a pair of Scissors ($12 from Brook Farm General Store).

Above: Allowing 75-percent light transmission, the lightweight Reemay Polyester Fleece Row Cover protects from frost down to 30 degrees; $15.95 for a 67-inch wide, 20-foot long piece at Territorial Seed Company.

N.B.: Looking for more DIY in the garden? See 115 other DIY Project Ideas in our archive.

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