There’s no downplaying the benefits of greenhouses to the world’s food supply. However, one of the few drawbacks of greenhouses is that they can be somewhat expensive to construct. Over the years, several alternatives have tried to reduce the overall cost of installing a greenhouse.
The use of plastic was not only efficient but it was also found to be a cheaper option. The green house plastic is made from polyethylene. The plastic has an opaque appearance and is quite durable. Like glass, the plastic is attached to the frame and must be held strongly in place to avoid weather damage to the plants.
Installation is easy with the right tools. To help you get started, here are the steps to follow when installing a greenhouse plastic cover.
Step 1: Preparation
The preparation process begins a day or a night before installation. Leave the plast. You’ll need a ladder to complete this step if you have a taller or high greenhouse. ic rolls outside overnight to get them acclimatized to the prevailing weather condition. It prepares the polyethylene material for what lies ahead. It also helps you see if the weather can have any effect or affect the integrity of the material.
Step 2: Work in the mornings
Mornings are ideal for installing greenhouse plastics because of the effect of heat on polyethylene. When exposed to increased temperature, polyethylene expands. By working in the cool of the morning, you wouldn’t have to put the plastic through the harshness of the afternoon sun.
Step 3: Place roll on the roof
You’ll need a ladder to complete this step if you have a taller or high green house. If a ladder is needed, safety measures should be taken to secure it at the base. You can ask someone to stand close for extra assurance.
Step 4: Spread out the roll
With the plastic roll safely on the roof and your ladder adequately secure, spread out the roll. The spread should cover the entire length of the roof and hang down both sides of the house. Leave extra lengths on the floor to adjust for any shortage in length. When the first roll has fully covered the length of the roof and sides, add another roll until all areas of the greenhouse are covered.
Step 5: Secure the plastic to the frame
When all areas are covered with loose polyethylene, come down from the ladder to begin securing the plastic to the frame. Pull down the hanging plastics on the side until it is taut. Hold the taut plastic with a lath to keep it in place. Start from the bottom of the side frame.
Nail through the lath and the polyethylene to fasten it to the greenhouse frame. Continue to add laths as you work your way up. Ensure you complete one side of the greenhouse before moving to the other side. Repeat this step for the other side of the frame.
Step 6: Inspect the installation
When done with the sides and roof, inspect to ensure all layers are properly fastened.
Installing green house plastic is an easy process. Although it’ll require a certain level of skills and expertise with construction, you should be able to use these steps for a quick plastic installation.