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Preparing Your Greenhouse For Storms: A Comprehensive Guide

Storms can be unpredictable and potentially damaging to greenhouses. Proper preparation is essential to safeguard your plants and greenhouse structure. Here’s how you can effectively prepare your Growers Solution greenhouse for an impending storm.

1. Assess and Strengthen the Structure

Inspect the Framework

Start by thoroughly inspecting the greenhouse structure. Look for any signs of wear and tear, rust, or damage. Ensure that all bolts, screws, and connections are tight and secure.

Reinforce Weak Points

Identify any weak points in the structure. Consider adding extra supports or bracing to reinforce these areas. Wind bracing is included in all structures over 40’ and can be purchased for structures under 40’. V trusses are available for most of our structures and are highly recommended for areas that receive high winds and heavy snow loads. Temporary supports can be particularly useful for providing additional stability during a pop up storm.

2. Secure the Covering

Check for Damage

Inspect the greenhouse covering for any tears or holes. Repair any damage immediately using poly repair tape. A well-maintained covering is less likely to be ripped off during high winds.

Tighten the Covering

Ensure the covering is tightly secured to the frame. Use wind strapping to prevent it from flapping in the wind. Loose coverings are more prone to damage. For areas that receive heavy winds we recommend applying wind strapping every bow.

3. Protect the Interior

Secure Plants and Equipment

Move any potted plants, tools, and equipment away from the greenhouse walls. Secure them to prevent them from becoming projectiles during high winds.

Lower Shelving and Tables

If possible, lower any shelving or tables to reduce the risk of them tipping over. Heavy items should be placed on the ground to minimize movement.

4. Manage Water and Ventilation

Check Drainage

Ensure that your greenhouse has adequate drainage to prevent water accumulation.

Close Vents and Doors

Close all vents and doors securely to prevent wind from entering the greenhouse. Consider adding temporary seals to ensure they stay shut during the storm. We recommend wire locking roll up sides in place to prevent them from blowing open.

5. Emergency Measures

Have a Plan

Create an emergency plan for quickly securing the greenhouse if a storm is imminent. This plan should include steps for reinforcing the structure, securing the covering, and protecting the interior. We offer a greenhouse repair kit that we recommend having on hand in case of an emergency.

Emergency Supplies

Keep emergency supplies, such as additional fasteners, tarps, and tools, readily available. These supplies can be crucial for making last-minute adjustments and repairs.

By taking these proactive steps, you can significantly reduce the risk of damage to your Growers Solution greenhouse during a storm. Regular maintenance and preparation are key to ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of your greenhouse.