Greenhouses are more than an effective way to up your growing game—greenhouses themselves are beautiful and valuable additions to any property. For instance, our redwood greenhouse kits feature a distinct appearance that is aesthetically pleasing and durable. However, there are a few things you need to know before you start building. Read on to learn more about what you should know before adding a greenhouse to your yard.

Ground Conditions

Before adding a greenhouse to your property, you should survey the ground to figure out where your greenhouse would do best. You want to look for firm ground that won’t become swamped and flooded whenever rain hits. If the ground is prone to shifting in your yard, your greenhouse may not have a solid foundation and could move, endangering the carefully cultivated environment for your plants.

Optimal Placement

Once you determine a good place to build the greenhouse, you’ll want to consider how to properly place your greenhouse. Ensure your greenhouse is facing south so that it gets as much natural sunlight as possible—especially during the winter when days are shorter. If this isn’t possible, then you’ll need to consider your lighting options to compensate.

Important Practices

The last thing you should know before adding a greenhouse to your yard is how to prevent pests and diseases from getting into your ecosystem. Nothing’s worse than building a greenhouse only for plant-killing insects and diseases to call it home. A good rule of thumb is that until you’re a gardening veteran that knows what to look for, you should always stick with seeds rather than buying seedlings or cuttings. Seeds are completely safe in comparison, as seedlings and cuttings require you to introduce an existing plant to your greenhouse. Those plants may carry pests or diseases that could infect the rest of your greenhouse ecosystem.