Covering the Cherry Tree for a Freeze

Frost cover on cherry tree | Fraudulent Farmgirl

I am still ticked off about the year a late spring frost knocked out all the cherry blossoms on my tree, resulting in a cherry-free summer. Unfortunately, this spring’s abnormally warm weather has pushed the tree into an early bloom. So with another cold front rolling in, I improvised.

Frost cover on cherry tree | Fraudulent Farmgirl
I think it has a sort of festive, street carnival air to it, don’t you?

I found this page from Michigan State University explaining at what temps fruit trees take damage. Temps are dropping into the high 20s this weekend, below the 29 degree threshold for damage to blooms that are fully open.

I covered the tree with old sheets. They’re tied onto the branches (and to each other) with twine. Ideally, you want the cover to reach the ground and peg it in place to trap warmth from the ground. But given that this fetching collection was all the sheets I could round up, we’ll hope for the best.

Covered cherry tree | Fraudulent Farmgirl
I call this composition The Ghost of Cherries Future.
Fraudulent Farmgirl
I teach garden and homesteading skills—the stuff your great-grandmother knew how to do. But if there's a faster, cheaper, or easier way to do it, I'll find it!By day, I design earth-friendly gardens for Spotts Garden Service. By night, I don my Wellies to become the Fraudulent Farmgirl. On my small urban homestead, I've ripped out the front lawn to plant vegetables and fruit trees, turned the garage into a chicken coop and grown enough strawberries to feed half the neighborhood.

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