FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do I need to protect my plants?
Does my Shrub Coat come assembled?
Do I need any tools to assemble and install my Shrub Coat?
How long does it take to assemble my Shrub Coat?
When should I install my Shrub Coat?
Can my Shrub Coat be used as a temporary frost protection for vegetables and tender plants?
When should I remove my Shrub Coat?
Will the temperature inside my Shrub Coat be different than the outside temperature?
Will my flowering shrubbery pre-maturely bloom under my Shrub Coat?
Will the plastic stakes provided with my Shrub Coat stay in the ground all winter long?
Does my Shrub Coat come with lights?
Does the Shrub Coat use any kind of chemical sprays on it to deter animals?
Can small animals get under the Shrub Coat?
What is the difference between the Shrub Coat and the Shrub Cover?
Can I re-use my Shrub Coat each year?
What types of plants should I be protecting with my Shrub Coat?
Is the Shrub Coat better than chemical spays?
How do I select the proper size Shrub Coat for my plants?
Can I use my Shrub Coat all year round?
How should I prepare my plants before installing my Shrub Coat?
How long will my Shrub Coat last?
Can I buy replacement stakes or poles for my Shrub Coat or Shrub Cover?
How does the cost of my Shrub Coat compare to other means to protect my plant?
Will the Shrub Coat burn the foliage on my plants?
Is the Shrub Coat sold in retail stores?
Aren’t there some plants that are resistant to deer and animal browsing?

Why do I need to protect my plants?

You have made a valuable investment in your landscaping. A well maintained landscaping adds not only beauty to your home but helps to increase and retain its value. Plants are vulnerable to many environmental elements. Snow and ice can break branches and defoliate plants that are not protected. Winter winds and ice melting products can rob your plants of valuable nutrients and moisture needed to sustain themselves through the winter season. Hungry animals such as deer and rabbits may begin to browse on your landscaping during months when other sources of food are scarce.

Does my Shrub Coat come assembled?

Your Shrub Coat requires minimal assembly. Each unit contains one Shrub Coat, steel support poles, and plastic stakes. Simply insert the poles into the pre-sewn sleeves of your Shrub Coat, stand your Shrub Coat upright over the plant you wish to protect, and hammer the plastic stakes through the stake loops into the ground. It’s that simple.

Do I need any tools to assemble and install my Shrub Coat?

Only a hammer is needed to pound the plastic stakes into the ground when you install your Shrub Coat.

How long does it take to assemble my Shrub Coat?

The Shrub Coat comes in 4 sizes. The 3 foot Shrub Coat will take approximately 5 minutes to assemble. The 6 foot Shrub Coat and the 6 foot “Big Boy” Shrub Coat will take up to 10 minutes to assemble. The 9 foot Shrub Coat will take up to 15 minutes to assemble.

How long does it take to install a Shrub Coat?

After assembly, installation of your Shrub Coat takes less than 5 minutes.

When should I install my Shrub Coat?

Your Shrub Coat should be installed in the late fall (when the growing season is over) in preparation for winter. Your Shrub Coat may also be used as a temporary protective device in situations where there is a threat of heavy snow or ice prior to the winter season. It may also be used to protect vegetables and flowers from heavy killing frosts. In these situations, remove your Shrub Coat when the threatening condition is gone. Your plants and shrubbery should not be covered for an extended period of time during the growing season.

Can my Shrub Coat be used as a temporary frost protection for vegetables and tender plants?

Yes. Your Shrub Coat can be used to protect plants, vegetables, and shrubbery at risk of damage from frost. Your Shrub Coat should then be removed when the temperature warms and the risk is gone.

When should I remove my Shrub Coat?

Your Shrub Coat should be removed in the early springtime once the threat of heavy snow and ice has passed, and food for deer becomes more plentiful.

Will the temperature inside my Shrub Coat be different than the outside temperature?

The Shrub Coat will provide protection to your plants without causing a “greenhouse” effect under the cover. Temperature variations from inside to outside the Shrub Coat will be nominal (between 2 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit).

Will my flowering shrubbery pre-maturely bloom under my Shrub Coat?

No. Because your Shrub Coat will not create a “greenhouse” affect, it will not cause pre-mature blooming of your flowering plants.

Will the plastic stakes provided with my Shrub Coat stay in the ground all winter long?

Your Shrub Coat stakes are specially designed to withstand cold temperatures and freezing ground conditions. The stakes should be hammered fully into the ground. It is a good idea to periodically check the stakes to make sure that they remain securely to the ground. Once the ground is frozen, it is unlikely that the stakes will loosen up until springtime.

Does my Shrub Coat come with lights?

No. Your Shrub Coat can be easily incorporated into any holiday decorating scheme. The Shrub Coats shown on the website are decorated using outdoor strand and/or net lighting. The lights are not permanently secured to the Shrub Coat. Only use “cool” outdoor lighting on your Shrub Coat. Hot bulbs, frayed cords, or lights being used for an inappropriate application may cause the Shrub Coat fabric to burn or degrade. The manufacturer's warranty does not protect against improper use or manipulation of the fabric or structure of your Shrub Coat.

Does the Shrub Coat use any kind of chemical sprays on it to deter animals?

No. The Shrub Coat fabric is not sprayed with any repellants. The Shrub Coat is designed to be a physical barrier between the animals and your plants.

Can small animals get under the Shrub Coat?

To minimize the risk of smaller animals getting under your Shrub Coat, make sure that the stakes are hammered securely into the ground and that the fabric of the Shrub Coat rests flush with the ground. Periodically throughout the winter months, especially when the ground is not yet frozen, inspect the stakes to make sure they are securely in the ground and that the fabric is taut and flush with the ground.

What is the difference between the Shrub Coat and the Shrub Cover?

The Shrub Cover is made from the same specially designed, durable, UV treated, shade cloth as the Shrub Coat. The Shrub Cover is designed to protect your plants against animal browsing, wind, and snow. However, the Shrub Cover does not have the steel poles like the Shrub Coat, which gives it its teepee like structure and strength. The Shrub Cover is not intended to protect against heavy snow or ice loads. The Shrub Cover is ideal for those plants that you wish to protect against animal browsing or harsh winds.

Can I re-use my Shrub Coat each year?

Yes. With proper usage and care, your Shrub Coat is expected to give you many years of usage. The Shrub Coat is easily collapsible and comes with a Velcro strap to keep the fabric together for easy storage.

What types of plants should I be protecting with my Shrub Coat?

Your Shrub Coat or Shrub Cover should be used to protect plants that are vulnerable to animal browsing, are at risk of damage from winter winds, snow, ice, and ice melting elements (e.g. salt, calcium), or are newly planted or under-established. However, you have undoubtedly made a valuable investment in your landscaping or you wouldn’t be looking for ways to protect your plants. Therefore, use your Shrub Coat or Shrub Cover to protect any plant in your landscaping that is valuable to you.

Is the Shrub Coat better than chemical spays?

Yes. Sprays require re-application several times throughout the fall and winter seasons to be effective. While many homeowners find it easy to spray the first application, future applications are frequently forgotten about or omitted due to weather conditions. Many people are chemically sensitive or choose not to use sprays for environmental concerns. Additionally, while sprays may deter animals from browsing on your shrubbery, the scarcity of food will ultimately determine the animals eating habits. The Shrub Coat, however, creates a physical barrier between the hungry animals and your plants. If the animal can’t get to your plants, they can’t eat them. It’s that simple.

How do I select the proper size Shrub Coat for my plants?

The chart shown on the website gives the specific dimensions of each Shrub Coat product. Measure the maximum height and girth (width at the widest spot) of your plant. Compare your measurements to the chart to determine the best size Shrub Coat or Shrub Cover to purchase. Helpful Hints – You may be able to cover more than one plant with a single Shrub Coat or Shrub Cover. Branches can be gently tied to pull the branches closer together in order to install your Shrub Coat or Shrub Cover over your plant.

Can I use my Shrub Coat all year round?

No. Your Shrub Coat is designed to protect your plants and shrubbery from the elements encountered during the winter.

How should I prepare my plants before installing my Shrub Coat?

Your plants should be watered before installing your Shrub Coat over them for the winter. Your plants will still transpire (breath) through the winter months and need moisture to do so.

How long will my Shrub Coat last?

The Shrub Coat is made of a specially designed, UV treated, shade cloth. The fabric is resistant to fading and wear and tear for 3 years. Your Shrub Coat comes with a 3-year replacement warranty.

Can I buy replacement stakes or poles for my Shrub Coat or Shrub Cover?

Yes. Replacement stakes and poles are available on our website.

How does the cost of my Shrub Coat compare to other means to protect my plant?

The Shrub Coat is a cost-effective, convenient and attractive means to protect your shrubbery during the winter months. The Shrub Coat is warranted against manufacture's defects for three years. With proper care and usage we expect that your Shrub Coat will provide you with 5+ years of enjoyment. As compared to chemical sprays that need to be reapplied throughout the winter, burlap or wooden covering that need to be individually constructed and can be cumbersome to install, and permanent fencing, you will undoubtedly find that the Shrub Coat is providing you a superior and cost-effective means to protect your landscape investment.

Will the Shrub Coat burn the foliage on my plants?

The Shrub Coat is made of a specially designed and tested fabric that is “breathable”. Its breathability allows air to circulate around your plant and lets a minimal amount of water to touch your plants, thus allowing your plants the required transpiration ("breathability")even in the winter months. While the Shrub Coat fabric may be touching the foliage on your plants, it will not burn the surface

Is the Shrub Coat sold in retail stores?

Yes. Refer to our website at …. For a list of the retail stores the Shrub Coat is currently available at.

Aren’t there some plants that are resistant to deer and animal browsing?

Yes. There are plants that are low on the deer list of favorite munchies. However, environmental conditions and availability of other sources of food will determine their browsing habits. If hungry enough, they will eat it.

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