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Hail Netting for Plants & Gardens

June 20, 2024
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Hail Netting for Plants & Gardens

If you live in the Black Hills, you're already familiar with the unpredictability of our region's weather, particularly when it comes to hailstorms. Hail season in the Midwest generally starts in late Spring but can last through August or September. 

We don't have to remind you that hail, even in ¼" diameter (i.e., pea size), can still wreak havoc on your plants and home gardens, resulting in significant damage and loss. However, there is a solution that can provide reliable protection and give you peace of mind when you see those gray clouds start rolling in. 

What Is Hail Netting?

Hail netting, or anti-hail netting, is a durable barrier constructed from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or nylon. Its knitted weaving technique creates a strong barrier capable of withstanding the impact of hailstones, offering a reliable hail protector for your garden.

Generally, high-quality hail netting is capable of withstanding the impact of hailstones of various sizes.

Why Do I Need a Hail Cover for My Plants?

We all know what hail can do to our cars when exposed to the elements. Now, imagine your delicate flowers or newly planted trees and shrubs impacted by hailstones the size of ping-pong balls.

Even small hailstones can lead to the following plant injuries:

  • Bruising
  • Tearing of leaves
  • Breakage of stems

Such damage can disrupt the plant's photosynthetic process and reduce its ability to produce energy, ultimately affecting its growth and yield. 

Did you know that hail can also create openings in a plant's tissue, making it more susceptible to infections and diseases? Severe damage may even result in the complete loss of crops or plants.

Is It Effective?

A hail cover has the ability to diffuse the force of hailstones while allowing essential sunlight, air, and water penetration makes it an invaluable asset for garden protection.

Types of Hail Protectors

As mentioned earlier, hail netting is typically constructed from either HDPE or nylon and may include overhead or draped netting.

  • Overhead netting is set up above crops or plants to shield them from hail damage. A building's framework or poles help hold it up to form a canopy over the entire growing area.
  • Draped netting involves draping the netting over plants or crops to form a protective barrier from hail. This method is commonly used in home gardens or small-scale agricultural setups. 

Where Can I Buy Hail Netting?

Roll of bulk hail netting at The Plant Shop.

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