The moment summer ends, it only implies one thing; the winter season is on its way! That said, it is critical and wise to be as productive as earlier as now, particularly when preparing your greenhouse for the colder days. Working on your chores and tasks in your greenhouse will also be beneficial on your part in the end.
One good thing is that prepping your greenhouse for winter days does not require a heavy task or complex steps to accomplish it. All you need to do is spend enough time cleaning, checking your greenhouse’s current structure and status, and setting up a reliable insulation and heating system for your plants to grow healthier even in colder seasons.
We have listed four easy steps to guide you for a much easier and convenient way of preparing your greenhouse for the winter season. Simply keep scrolling down.
- Give your Greenhouse an All-Out Cleaning
Having enough time to give your greenhouse a thorough cleaning is very essential. More especially if you already notice a little green outside your greenhouse. Not only that, rendering more time for cleaning will give you more ideas on how to keep your greenhouse more spacious, well-organized, and ready to operate at its best state.
You also need to keep the windows clean so that it will be much easier for the light to reach your crops and plants and provide the heat it needs during winter days. Keep in mind to clean the frame utilizing any diluted bleach or disinfectant to remove both the dirt and bacteria. Just make sure you’re using a soft sponge or non-scratching scrap to avoid damaging it.
When cleaning the outside of your greenhouse, it is best to utilize a cleaning product that can also help remove the fungi and moss on your panels. Do not forget to also use a product with no chemicals that can cause harm to your plants and crops.
- Repair Any Damage or Holes in your Greenhouse
Check everything in your greenhouse, from the smallest gap to cracks and holes, especially the cover material you use. If you notice even the smallest hole or opening, it is better to repair it now when the weather is still good and cooperative for you to do the work. You can use any patches or materials to cover those holes.
On the off chance that there’s already huge damage in your greenhouse, it is suggested to consider replacing that particular part. It is better to spend a small sum to buy materials used to replace it than to pay more during emergency repairs in the bitterly cold seasons.
In addition, it is also advisable to give some lubrication treatment to your greenhouse’s door handles, hinges, and any parts that move to guarantee it is in a reliable state to function well as winter days come. It is also the best time to check your windows lock, including your doors if it can be securely closed. This way, you can assure that it will not be damaged by moisture and winter wind.
- Set up a Reliable Insulation
This is one of the most crucial parts of preparing your greenhouse for winter days. You should spend a lot of time thinking of the best ways to properly insulate your greenhouse. Remember that your plants, crops, and veggies need plenty of heat to grow healthy and survive the frigid weather of winter.
That being said, investing in bubble plastic or good quality polycarbonate sheets is very essential for better insulation. This material is designed to resist and withstand extreme temperatures and is good equipment if you want to save big on your heating bills.
- Check your Heating system to see if it functions well
A heating system helps make sure that your plants receive a lot of heat to grow healthier throughout the colder days. In fact, it plays a significant role for plants to continue to grow. That is why you should never miss checking the heating system if it functions well or not.
It is also essential for your heater in the greenhouse to be checked regularly. Make sure to have it serviced to inspect if it still does produce enough heat for the plants. So that you don’t have any trouble facing winter winds and much colder days.
Furthermore, it is also a wise move if you own a backup electric heat that you can use whenever your primary heating system breaks down.