Cultivating plants is a great pastime, and with prefab sunroom kits, you can build your own greenhouse to grow and care for your plants all year round. If you want to keep your plants safe within the ideal environment, you need to know how to care for your greenhouse so that it remains in good condition. Here are five greenhouse maintenance tips you should know.
Keeping It Clean
Other than keeping your greenhouse organized, you should clean it regularly. This may seem counterintuitive—after all, dirt is essential for plants—but you must keep all surfaces clean and sterilized with soap and warm water. This prevents diseases from entering your greenhouse and infecting your plants. Furthermore, keeping the floors clean will prevent any hazards that could cause you to slip or trip.
Pests are big threats to your greenhouse. The best way to prevent them from entering your greenhouse is to carefully inspect any plants you bring into the greenhouse. We recommend beginners stick to seeds for this very reason. If pests do manage to get in, they can multiply very quickly. The best way to counter this issue is by releasing the pest’s natural predator into your greenhouse. For example, aphids are sap-sucking insects that can kill plants. Their natural predators are ladybugs, who pose no threat to your plants while eliminating the aphids.
Ventilation is vital for constant airflow. You should diligently monitor your ventilators’ conditions and take action when needed to clear debris or oil squeaky parts. Neglecting the ventilation system will stifle the airflow of the greenhouse and potentially harm your plants.
Water and Irrigation
You should check your water tanks and irrigation systems to ensure every plant receives as much water as they need. Water is one of the most vital needs of plants. Hoses can often become clogged or develop cracks, so ensure they are functional or unobstructed before your plants wither and die.
Monitoring Your Greenhouse
The last greenhouse maintenance tip you should know is that vigilance is key. As you’ve likely gathered, keeping a close eye on the various aspects of your greenhouse and taking swift action will help you catch problems before they worsen. Make sure you’re regularly inspecting your greenhouse to check for pests, diseases, or malfunctions.