A greenhouse can be a great addition to your home, and a great way to save delicate plants and get a jump on the growing season. Proper maintenance is essential to ensuring that you don’t lose plants during the winter due to problems with the structure, heating, lighting or other issues. The following tips can help you make sure your greenhouse is winter ready, as well as ensure you save energy to lower running costs.
Make sure to check and test your heating unit before winter to ensure it is working properly and avoid plant loss when the temperature drops. This could be as simple as turning it on and making sure it is operating as it should, or calling a company or handyman if you aren’t sure what to look for. This will ensure you aren’t met with a nasty surprise on your first freeze.
2)Check For and Repair Tears or Cracks
It’s a good idea to give your green house a good check before winter starts, checking for any tears, cracks or seams coming apart that might lead to heat loss during the winter. Repair any leaks or tears your find, using silicone, patches, or whatever material best suits the structure. Make sure to check along the floor as well, avoiding heat loss and minimizing the cost of running the greenhouse as well as protecting your plants.
Test the lighting in the greenhouse, making sure the lights you use are energy efficient and are good for plant growth. Remember that plants require a specific spectrum in order to grow, with the light color being no lower than 6500k. Using energy efficient lights, and ensuring they all work properly will make for cheaper winter use.
A greenhouse can be a great addition to your garden, helping you save money and extend the growing season. Regular maintenance is key to avoiding tender plant loss during the winter months.