Shade Net for Greenhouse is used to reduce the intensity of sunlight on crops. A lot of crops have issues with the excessive heating natural sunlight can cause on their productivity. Excessive sunlight can create heat which can be detrimental to the development and fruiting of some crops. Shade nets can be used for the cultivation of any type of crop. In Nigeria, this type of net is used for the cultivation of strawberries, tomatoes, kale, peppers, cucumbers, and a host of other crops. Shade nets are used by some smart farmers in Nigeria to significantly improve their yields and productivity. Shade net farming is gaining ground in Nigeria now.
Shade nets are cloth-like and made of 100% polyethylene. The shade net is used for covering screen houses and can be used as a climate controller or stabilizer. Some types of shade nets have anti-fungal properties. The high-density polyethylene used in the manufacturing of shade nets makes it very durable and long-lasting.
Shade nets are a versatile tool that can be used in greenhouses for a variety of purposes, including:
- Controlling light intensity: Shade nets can be used to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters the greenhouse, which can be beneficial for plants that require less light, such as seedlings or light-sensitive crops.
- Regulating temperature and humidity: Shade nets can help to keep the greenhouse cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather by reducing heat gain and loss. They can also help to maintain optimal humidity levels.
- Protecting plants from pests and diseases: Shade nets can help to protect plants from pests and diseases by creating a physical barrier.
- Extending the growing season: Shade nets can be used to extend the growing season by protecting plants from frost and other harsh weather conditions.
To use shade net for greenhouse, follow these steps:
- Choose the right shade net. Shade nets come in a variety of shade percentages, so it is important to choose a net that will provide the appropriate amount of shade for your plants.
- Install the support structure. Shade nets can be suspended from wire ropes, steel cables, or other support structures. Make sure that the support structure is securely anchored to withstand external forces such as wind and heavy rainfall.
- Attach the shade net. Shade nets can be attached to the support structure using cable ties, hooks, or other fasteners. Make sure that the net is taut and evenly distributed.
- Adjust the shade net as needed. You may need to adjust the shade net throughout the growing season to account for changes in sunlight intensity, temperature, and humidity.
Here are some additional tips for using shade net in greenhouses:
- Use lighter shade nets in the winter to allow more sunlight to reach the plants.
- Use darker shade nets in the summer to reduce heat buildup in the greenhouse.
- Leave some open space between the shade net and the plants to allow for air circulation.
- Remove the shade net when it is not needed to maximize sunlight exposure for the plants.
With proper care and maintenance, shade nets can last for several years.
Categories of shade nets
Shade nets can be categorized based on their colour and shade intensity.
Based on shade intensity: Shade nets are categorized according to how they can cut down the intensity of sunlight. There are 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60% and 80% shading.
Based on colour: blue, red, green, black, and purple shade nets.
Agricultural Uses of Shade Net for Greenhouse
- For growing crops in a greenhouse/screen house
- Shade nets are used in the building of animal houses like poultry pens, goat hens, and other animal husbandry buildings.
- Shade nets can be used for insect control on farm
- They can be used for nursery
- They can be used for the production of graft saplings
- They can be used for bird control on farms
2m x 50m; 60% Shade