How to Put New Plastic on a Hoophouse (High Tunnel): A Step-by-Step Guide


| 11/17/2015 10:03:00 AM


Tags: garden planning, fall gardening, season extension, hoophouses, high tunnels, Pam Dawling, Virginia,

 

Last month, I wrote about Mistakes to Avoid When Putting New Plastic on Your Hoophouse.

Here are my recommendations on how to go about the task.

Planning the Plastic Installation Day

This job is best done in mild sunny weather, when the plastic will be dry and can stretch some but not too much. Arrange for a windless day to spread plastic – that is, less than 5mph winds, tops! If only breezy days are available, do the plastic spreading at dusk, when the wind drops. Or at dawn in summer, but not in cold weather.

Order the right size and type of plastic in good time. We use 48’ x 100’ Tufflite IV and Tufflite Dripless for our 30’ x 96’ gothic tunnel. Our plastic goes to the ground (no separate sidewalls). For the end walls we buy 24’ x 100’ for a double layer on each end. We use the wigglewire and aluminum channels (also called Polylock).

Get enough people committed. We like six people with good common sense, who are willing to take directions. It helps if some of them have done the job before. Consider having someone take photos of key stages, to make next time easier.




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