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#1 of 3 Old 01-30-2009, 04:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Can I use plastic sheeting as a row cover, or do I need special row covers from a catalog? I want them to protect my plants from pests and birds while the seedlings are coming up, as well as the temp. if it dips in Feb/March. I live in zone 9. TIA!

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Plastic will increase the temperature, perhaps too much. While it will protect it will also keep out air and moisture, unless thats you intent. I would suggest floating row cover if you are trying to protect from insects, or you could try bird netting if bunnies and the like are your problem.
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Thanks for the reply.

I have read that as long as you check the plastic and lift periodically to keep it from overheating, it can be good for helping to germinate seeds in the ground and then for helping seedlings stay warm. Some sources say to switch to a floating row cover, more breathable, when the plants are mature.

Anyone tried plastic sheeting/row covers? What are your experiences with them? TIA!

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