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Get ready for winter winds

Published 7 November, 2017

Wind speeds in the UK vary across the year and generally pick up as winter approaches, with summer averaging at about 8 knots and winter at around 10 knots. This seemingly small change can wreak havoc on your plants if they aren’t well protected. A sturdy polyhouse will do the trick but it’s important to make sure that your polyhouse is up to scratch.

Small rips and splits are a common occurrence as wear and tear takes its toll on your polyhouses. These can easily worsen as the wind picks up. A simple and cheap solution is polythene repair tape, available in 33 metre long rolls in varying widths of 50, 75, 100, and 150 millimetres. The tape is clear, which allows light transmission so you needn’t worry about blocking out ever scarcer sunlight this winter.

Polythene repair tape is not only effective at repairing polytunnels, but also cloches and even cracked panes in greenhouses. Here’s how to ensure your repairs last.

  1. Clean and dry the polythene surface.
  2. Pull the area around the split or tear back together again.
  3. Place the tape along the length of the tear or split, with a little excess at either end.
  4. Add shorter pieces placed perpendicular to the main strip of tape along its length to reinforce the repair.

With your polyhouse back up to full functionality, your plants should get the protection they need from rising winds.

For those plants exposed to the elements, we also supply windbreak netting. UV stabilisation ensures this green netting is particularly durable and resistant to weathering. Available to order in 50 metre long rolls of varying widths or alternatively made to measure. You can opt for monofilament netting or tape thread.

For added protection, order our high strength windbreak netting made from UV stabilised extruded HDPE. It is proven to reduce wind speeds by up to 60% and is rot resistant.