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How Long Do Poly Tunnels Last?

How Long Do Poly Tunnels Last

Whether you are purchasing a poly tunnel or building your own, you will want to ensure that it lasts for a long time. This means that you will want to take care of your polytunnel properly and protect it from the elements. Below you will find some tips to help you with this.

Build your own

Using a polytunnel in your garden can increase the size of your harvest, as well as increase the amount of time you can grow plants. In cold climates, a polytunnel can provide a shelter from the elements, extending the growing season.

Before you start erecting your polytunnel, you will need to determine where the tunnel will be placed. Check the directions for your kit, and make sure the site is level and clear of rocks. You may also want to use screens or fences, to keep out pests and insects. If you live in a warm climate, you can use your polytunnel year-round.

Before you start building your polytunnel, you should make sure the site is level, clear of rocks and weeds, and has a minimum of three feet of space between the plants. You may also want to install screens, if you live in an area with a lot of wind.

Once you have found the right site, you will need to prepare the ground. If your site is windy, you may want to use an anchor plate.

Care for your polytunnel

Whether you’re growing strawberries, pumpkins or asparagus, you need to take the proper care of your poly tunnel to ensure its longevity. There are a few ways to keep it looking its best.

To begin with, you should make sure your polytunnel has a clean, gleaming surface. This will help prevent debris and pests from settling in, as well as prevent slug nests from appearing.

There are many products on the market that you can use to clean your poly tunnel. One of the best options is a soft-bristled brush. You can also use a hose jet to clean the exterior.

A soft-bristled brush is also the best choice for cleaning hard-to-reach areas. Another option is a long-handled brush. This will allow you to clear out stuck-on dirt and debris.

You should also use an Anti-Hot Spot Tape to protect your polytunnel from damage. This will extend the life of your cover by keeping it from getting too hot.

Protect your polytunnel from wind

Whether you own a small plastic polytunnel or a big one, you need to take the appropriate steps to protect your polytunnel from wind. In addition to ensuring that your polytunnel is well anchored, you will also need to ensure that your polytunnel is in a sheltered location.

The first thing to consider when establishing your site is the prevailing wind direction. This will depend on the geographic features of your location, but most often winds in the UK will come from the south west.

If you’re planning to install a new polytunnel, it’s best to plan ahead. This will ensure that you know where the wind is expected to come from and how strong the winds will be at any given time.

In addition to planning your site and choosing the most appropriate location, you will also need to consider the type of cover you want to use. If you’re going to use a polythene cover, you should choose a polythene that is tear proof. This will help to ensure that it lasts for a long time.

Proper maintenance

Keeping your poly tunnels properly maintained is essential for the longevity of your tunnels. It is not a difficult task, but it does need regular attention. It will keep the polythene in good condition and also help prevent disease.

The main thing to remember about your poly tunnels is to ensure that you have good ventilation. This will help control humidity and prevent molds and harmful algae from growing. Excess humidity will reduce the life of your plants. A good ventilation system can also be used to control the temperature in your tunnel.

Proper ventilation helps to prevent excess heat from damaging the polythene. The temperature inside a polytunnel should be between 90 and 110 F. If your tunnel is located in a hot climate, you may want to use different polythene.

Another important thing to keep in mind is the type of frame used to support your tunnel. Cheaper plastic frames may be more brittle and break easily. If you want a strong and long-lasting structure, you can consider using wood. You can also use storm braces to support the polythene in the event of a strong wind.