December 7, 2011 9:01 AM Subscribe
What material should I use to make my tree a blanket?
posted by theRussian to home & garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, it was freezing here in central TX last night, and I had to protect my poor lemon tree from the cold. Actually, it's more of a lemon shrub now, since last year, I did a pretty poor job of shielding it from the frozen temps, and the top branches died off. Last night's shielding worked very well, though -- I used a garbage bag to cover the entire tree (which was also covered in Christmas lights). When I took off the bag this morning it was nice and steamy inside, yay!
But, the problem is that the trash bag is a little tight and it took me far too long to get it on the tree. (Exposing me to far too much cold late at night). I want to sew my tree a covering that is easy to slip on, and is windproof (it's the wind that really did it in last year). I am pretty ok with the sewing machine, should I use two fabrics sewn together? One that is warm and one that is windproof? I assume the warmer one should be on the inside, with the windproof on the outside. What materials should I ask for when I go to the fabric store? Or should I get some kind of tarp from somewhere else?
Any suggestions on shape? I figure the rectangular garbage-bag shape would be easiest to sew, but maybe a cylinder would be better?
ps I know this is pretty ridiculous, but I love being snuggly and it makes me happy that I could do the same for my little tree :)