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Your Thorough Guide To Agricultural Shade Cloth

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Your Thorough Guide To Agricultural Shade Cloth

It is a surreal experience seeing a tiny seed you planted into a full-fledged plant. However, it could be devastating if factors out of your control destroy your hard work. Though we cannot control our flying friends’ migrating patterns and weather, we can minimize their influence over plants. 

An agricultural sail is a sunblock to the plants. It will provide shade to cool down the plants. The protective layer is very common in gardening, nurseries, and farmers worldwide for optimal produce during the harvesting stage.

Factors to consider when purchasing agricultural shade net

When stepping into the market as a first time customer for agricultural netting, it can be confusing which one to buy. Since these shade mesh are an investment, it is best to hit the ball out of the park the first time. Therefore, we present a checklist that will guide you in making a well-educated and trustworthy purchase. 

The characteristics

here are numerous netting to choose from. It further complicates the matter as each type comes to their own features. However, you must ask the seller regarding waterproofing, radiation reflection, and protection from outside contaminants. Other inquiries to make include:

• The life span of the shade cloth

• Its construction properties

• Water retention properties

• Decaying and tearing solutions

• Resistance to abrasion

• Weight


The material

Most agricultural shade netting is manufactured with high-density polyethylene material. It is a recyclable material that provides sufficient water retention and long-lasting use. 

However, agricultural shade netting is also made with polypropylene. This form of shade fabric is used in orchards and vegetable patches to protect from the wind gusts and morning frost.

Lastly, there are agricultural netting made from starch-based, recyclable material as well. These will decompose if they are too close to the soil. Thus, its operative costs are excessive compared to other options.

The access

Undoubtedly, after installing the shade, you need a door to access the field. The straightforward approach is to cut the shade cloth according to the door dimensions. However, you can go the extra step of attaching a metal frame to the door boundary to outline the make-shift entrance.

The color

We offer shade cloth in colors that have been customized with close collaboration with Clariant. Our most commonly requested colors are white, grey, or black. However, we also offer colorful options for the brave clients out there.

A white shade cloth prevents the bulk of lighting from entering the greenhouse or nursery. Therefore, the plants receive concentrated sun and warmth to flourish. You will usually discover white shade netting for flowering plants.

Dark colored-shade netting will absorb the sun’s heat, unlike the light colors. Black shade cloth will filter the sunlight with its 1.10 UV properties to properly manage heat applications.

Lastly, the scientific option includes the color red, which filters light wavelengths to provide custom heat and warmth to the plants.

The mesh

The internal composition or the mesh size is a pivotal factor in deciding which shade sail to purchase.

• A close-knitted mesh will prevent tinier pests such as bees from entering the field. On the other hand, a loosely composed shade sail will not provide the feature.

• The mesh size will also directly influence the internal temperature, so think wisely.

• Lastly, you must think of the budget too. Usually, fine mesh is expensive because of its concentrated pattern. 

The do and don'ts of agricultural netting

We present a thorough guideline below so you can decide on the best agricultural netting.

What not to do?

Understand the use

Remember, readers, not every netting is the same. Shade cloth has numerous weights, materials, and sizes. Therefore, before you approve your order, match the needs with the cloth composition. If you are confused about purchasing, knowing the reasons for ordering will help you determine which shade cloth is perfect for you.

The correct time to install protective netting

Shade cloth is near impossible to install on a windy or hail day. These nets are very lightweight; otherwise, they would sink onto the plants. Because of their light composition, these nets tangle very easily. Therefore, wait for a sunny day with temperatures between 10 to 15 degrees for the best installation setting.

Netting is not a perpetual solution

The netting you are installing today, though long term, will not stay the same until the end of time. The protective cloth is exposed to harsh sun, intense hail, and even snow. The sun will weaken the UV coating. Thus, either it rips apart or results in gaps. Regular maintenance is advised if you want the best out of the protective layering.

• Do not store the shade cloth immediately after washing it.

• Let the cloth dry in the open air in direct sunlight to prevent microbes from growing.

• Use water and soap solution under running water.


What to do?

Perform due diligence

Regardless of the purchase, do research before you confirm payment. There is an agricultural cloth shade out there that facilitates your produce. The final purchase is dependent on the weather and the nature of the crops you are growing. Other factors include the land size, the cloth weight, and equipment required to install it correctly, which we will learn later.

Confirm and organize

Before installing the shade cloth, stretch it from end to end. It is a genuine challenge when a customer discovers the fabric is short, nearing the end of the installation. Furthermore, you must also determine which side faces the crop and which side faces the sky. In addition, before installing, remove any tangles to make installation a lot simple.

Create an entrance

We understand you are protecting your crop, but you need access to them to do so. Therefore, remember to cut an appropriate door-like hole for access. Make certain it is the proper length to pass through so you don’t clip your face.

How to install agricultural netting?Which type of shade cloth to purchase?

There are numerous netting to choose from. However, their primary reason is to protect the crops. You must consider the farm layout, topography, the crop height.

Canopy structure

The canopy is created using poles and erect cables for the circular structure. You can install it over the entire field. Remember, the design is a permanent solution to protecting the cloth. A canopy structure will:

• Safeguard the crop against the unwelcomed birds and other piercing animals.

• It is a one-time investment since the structure is permanent. You do not need to pay for annual maintenance or repair charges.

• The canopy structure gives enough volume for the crops to grow to their maximum height without touching the netting.


Tunnel protective structure

The structure requires poles erected in equal intervals. The agricultural shade cloth is sewn through the sticks to create a fence-like appearance. This structure is primarily employed when the fruits are ready to harvest. In most cases, the fence is removed after the harvest is complete.

• Tunnel protective cloth is advised for crops with limited space.

• The netting penetrates the ground at decent depth to prevent uprooting

• It acts as a reliable shield during the harvesting stage.


The frames for tunnel shade cloth

You can use a hoop frame. These are manufactured with poly pipe wires and rings that will not rust when coming in contact with water. Furthermore, the pipes do not tear the netting either.

The next choice requires a single pole with a frame. Unfortunately, since there are no multiple poles, the fruits or plants at the boundary will constantly touch the netting. As a result, you will likely experience deteriorated produce and damaged plants. This option is best for evergreen plants that do not flower.

Lastly, we suggest the coat hanger system. It employs a frame that spreads out from a singular pole. The pole can be either wood or metal. The netting is supported with wires coming out of the pole and toward the land’s boundary. Thus, it takes the shape of a coat hanger. 


Drape the shade cloth over plants

• The method covers individual trees and crops rather than building a singular structure to roof a field.

• The draping shade cloth will cover trees up to 3 meters.

• You can use machinery such as a tractor to drape the netting over taller plants.

Which accessories do you need to install shade cloth over plants?

Similar to any mechanism, you would need accessories to complete the installation. It will prevent the agricultural shade cloth from tearing and breaking. In other words, it will stay permanent in its place. Let us learn about these reliable assistants.

Net tighteners

• You can use this accessory to tighten ropes, nets, and the structure. Most of the time, the fasteners come in plastic, but they are available in the metal too. These will help attach the net easily and quickly.

• You can use the connecting fasteners at the center of the structure

• The flat tighteners are attached to the boundary.

• You can also use them to connect protective netting to increase the surface area.

Shade cloth fasteners will create sufficient tension to withstand hail damage and subsequent load from outside contaminants.


Pole caps

Lastly, we cannot forget the poles. However, this accessory goes on top of the net. These are called net caps to support other accessories. Furthermore, these safeguard the poles from damages from the weather. You can choose from wooden or concrete caps, depending on your requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is shade netting directly applicable to plants?

A lightweight netting is advised to drape over crops and plants. It will let the sun reach the produce while protecting it from UV rays. It is beneficial in tomatoes, peppers, and cabbage fields.

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How long will the shade cloth last?

The shade clothes are considered an excellent investment to protect your plants as they will last from five years to a decade.

Can we argue the efficacy of agricultural netting?

The shade cloth will prevent the plants from burning under direct sunlight. Furthermore, it will also minimize the radiation. A reliable shade sail will reflect the sunrays. As a result, the plants look entirely different if not kept under a shade cloth.

Does a shade sail prevent rain from penetrating?

Agricultural netting is either water-resistant or waterproof. Water-resistant shade cloth will allow the rainwater to trickle over the surface and fall outside the perimeters. However, a waterproof sail will absorb water to a particular ceiling.

Can I paint agricultural netting?

You can absolutely customize the shade sail with a color of your choice. However, you need a certain kind of acrylic paint to ensure the pigment holds. In most cases, spray dye is used. It is a non-toxic approach to permanent and cost-effective coloring. 

Does a shade sail reduce internal heat in the greenhouse?

An effective shade sail can reduce the heat by 30%. In addition, a black greenhouse shade cloth will reflect harmful light at a 60% efficiency rate. You can use agricultural netting to control temperature and monitor plant growth easily.

How to import agricultural netting from China?

In recent years, China has surfaced as a manufacturing pioneer by exporting the majority of consumer goods. It exports to more than 81 countries out of the 195 UN-recognized nations. Therefore, it is an opportunity for the wholesalers to purchase expertly crafted commercial shade clothes for their customers.

Agricultural shade sailcloth is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly technique to protect the produce from prying insects, unwelcomed weeds, strong wind, rodents, and extreme weather. Though the benefits are endless, importing from a foreign country can be dangerous. 

Therefore, as a new wholesaler, you must study the fees, transit lead time, and fluctuating currency rates. Furthermore, there could be unforeseen logistical delays due to weather or political instability. 


Contact INSONSHADE today

It is time to protect your hard work from birds, pests, hails, and snow. Though shade cloth is produced locally, our agricultural shade cloth is superior in the market. Contact us if you do not trust your local or present supplier. INSONSHADE understands the modern netting requirements of nursery owners or farmers. Send us a text today on WhatsApp at +8618582563253 or email. You can add us @Johnzahi or Skype. Lastly, follow our Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to stay updated with our logistics and product development. 

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