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6 Ways to Use Shade Cloth

Gothic Arch Greenhouse Shade Cloth UsesShade cloth is invaluable—particularly in the warmer months—to help manage the temperature in your greenhouse.

By keeping heat and humidity under control, that can not only result in a more ideal environment for your plants so they thrive, but also it can make your greenhouse more energy efficient.

Available in various densities and made of different materials, shade cloth is most commonly used in greenhouse applications.

But did you know it can have a wide variety of uses? As you can see on the list below, you can get creative with shade cloth while using it to reduce the intensity of sunlight!

Greenhouse. Again, shade cloth is most widely used to reduce the intensity of sunlight (and therefore heat) in greenhouses. Different densities (indicated by percentages) and materials may be recommended based on what or where you’re growing.

Garden Shade. If there aren’t a lot of tall trees in your garden to provide natural shade, you can use shade cloth to help prevent your plants from getting too much sun. Shade cloth is also available in many colors, so you are sure to find one that will complement your garden.

Patio, Pergola, Deck, Swimming Pool Cover. Adding extra protection from the sun can extend well beyond plants. These outdoor areas can get hot fast in the heat of summer. Shade cloth can help make entertaining or enjoying the outdoors a little more comfortable.

Carport/Shed Protection. Consider protecting your carport cover or outdoor shed or storage with shade cloth. This can add an extra layer (literally) of protection for the exterior from the harsh heat of the sun.

Livestock Shading. Shade cloth can help provide easy and cost-effective respite from the sun for outdoor animals, such as livestock and horses. It can also be used to improve the movement of penned animals, as well as for the protection of the handler.

Tennis Courts and Ball Diamonds. Installing shade cloth on tennis courts and ball diamonds can add privacy and wind protection to the field of play. It also provides a contrasting background so balls are more easily visible, and it upgrades the look of chain link fences.

Unsure if shade cloth is right for the application you have in mind? Let us know, and we’ll be happy to assist you! Our friendly representatives are available by calling 800-531-4769, or you can find more information on our website, www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com.


Best Ways to Keep Your Greenhouse Cool in Summer

If you’ve already invested in a greenhouse, then odds are you did, like most hobbyists and commercial growers, to be able to control the environment inside for your plants’ sake. Shade_Heat_Retention_002










Though temperature is one of the variables greenhouse gardeners try to manage, the more intense summer heat can certainly make it a challenge—especially depending on your local climate.

Despite the rising temps outside, it is possible for you to cool down your greenhouse inside to preserve your plants’ health, as well as your gardening efforts.

For starters, you’ll want to install a min/max thermometer, which will let you know how hot it is really getting inside your greenhouse. Then you can use some of these options below to help cool it off before it reaches damaging temperatures inside.

Shading: Install shade cloth or shade paints to help filter the sunlight’s strength. Opt for the least amount of shading necessary, as your plants still need light to reach their full growth potential. How much shading you will need will be determined by your local climate, your greenhouse design and the light requirements of your plants.

Ventilation: Roof or side vents, exhaust fans and even simply opening the greenhouse door can provide much-needed air circulation in the warmer summer months to help reduce heat build-up. There are multiple options, ranging from passive (opening roof vents to allow hotter air to escape) to mechanical (automated vent openers) that can help control the level of ventilation needed.

Misters: Shading and ventilation will help control the heat in your greenhouse, but the evaporation of moisture inside is what will help keep it cool. Adding a misting system is one way to do this. Using high-pressure water delivery, misters emit very fine water particles, and as they evaporate, the temperature is reduced. Using fans with a mister system can also increase the evaporation.

Damping Down: Another option similar to misting is keeping plants cool in really high heat by using a technique called damping down, which raises the humidity so plants can deal with the higher temperatures. To do this, you would wet hard surfaces within the greenhouses, such as paths and staging. As the water evaporates, moisture levels are increased, which also helps keep pests at bay.  

Evaporative Coolers: For dry climates where humidity is below 50 percent, using an evaporative cooler is an option. Most common are fan-and-pad cooling systems, which draw warm air through the pads from the outside by exhaust fans. The pads are constantly kept wet, and the process of water moving from a liquid to a gaseous state helps it absorb a relatively high amount of heat.

Have questions about which option is best for your climate or your greenhouse? Call us today toll-free at 1-800-531-4769 to talk with one of our representatives or visit our website at www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com help your greenhouse beat the heat this summer!