Our Engineer compiled the following list of suggestions assuming the worst-case scenario of extremely high winds from Hurricanes. The extent of the preparations will depend on your location and will ultimately be a judgement call on your part.
Close roof and any other type of vents. Turn off fans and shutters. To reduce the chance of a fire starting, turn off the main breaker. Cutting plastic is a big judgment call. If the winds are high enough the plastic may come off with no damage to frame, but there is no way to know for sure. If the shade cloth is expensive, you may want to remove it since it is not attached as well as the plastic.
1. Close all venting equipment
2. Turn off power.
3. Turn off water.
4. Remove smaller objects from area that could blow into greenhouse.
5. Secure greenhouse doors.
6. Remove shade cloth or add more ropes to keep it in place.
7. If greenhouse has any exposed glass, cover with wood panels.
8. Tall heater vent pipe stacks should be removed if not properly braced.
9. Be sure brace cables are tight and secure.
10. Hanging basket plants should be placed on floor or removed.
11. Make sure inflation blower damper is wide open for maximum inflation in polyethylene.
12. Any outdoor motors can be covered with plastic because of extra heavy rains.
13. Heaters, HAF fans, electrical boxes can all be covered with plastic in case the cover blows off.
Please contact us if you have any questions or problems 800-258-7171.
As we near the end of summer, the cool fall weather is just around the corner. Now is a great time to evaluate your greenhouse needs for the fall and prepare for cool weather and freezes.
It may not seem necessary to check heating systems during the summer heat, but now is the ideal time to make sure your heaters are ready to go for that first cool night or freeze.
The summer is a great time to evaluate your plastic coverings and repair or replace any areas that need attention prior to cold weather.
Stock Up On Poly-PatchTM
Order your Poly-PatchTM kits now to have on hand for the fall. Kits include Poly-PatchTM repair tape, cleaning wipes, a razor knife, and an optional staple gun to make repairs easy. The resealable pail keeps Poly-PatchTMtape like new for future uses!
Poly-PatchTM is also available in 2″, 4″, 6″ and 10″ rolls.
The Greenhouse Company was pleased to help Forest Lake Garden Center rebuild after the monumental flood in October of 2015. The garden center was under water and left in devastating condition following the flood.
The Greenhouse Company designed, manufactured, and installed an Appalachian style greenhouse for Forest Lake’s retail center. The 34 x 72 x 10 greenhouse features a white-black-white opaque polycarbonate cover on the gable to prevent sunlight from reaching the retail center that houses the cash register.
“We are thrilled to see Forest Lake Garden Center thriving again after such devastating damage due to the flood. The Greenhouse Company was pleased to help with this project, and we look forward to working with Forest Lake for years to come,” says Judy Moore, Owner of The Greenhouse Company.
The Greenhouse Company’s Greenhouse Command Center optimizes your greenhouse’s growing conditions 24/7 through continuous monitoring and control. The Command Center consists of an electric climate-control system designed to operate all of the equipment required to ventilate, cool, and heat a single-zone greenhouse employing 5 stages of cooling and a single stage of heating.
It can operate 2 exhaust fans, one of which can be a two-speed fan, a louver for first stage ventilation, a motorized vent for maximum ventilation, an evaporative cooling system, circulation fans and up to two heaters.
The system is programmed with a logical progression of equipment staging so that no equipment operates unnecessarily. The naturally aspirated shielded temperature sensor is located in a forward quadrant rather than centrally located to further reduce unnecessary cycling of equipment. The system is pre-programmed so that it is fully functional as soon as it is initialized.
Learn More About The Greenhouse Command Center Here
With the recent windy weather, the Southeast in particular, many greenhouse coverings have come loose and/or torn away. The Greenhouse Company has the perfect solution – the Kwic-Klip® film fastening system. This trademarked product has over 250 pounds of holding power per linear foot of film and has held poly in place during hurricane winds.
Forest Lake Garden Center in Columbia, SC experienced severe damage from monumental flooding in October 2015. The garden center was under water and left in devastating condition following the flood.
The Greenhouse Company is pleased to help them rebuild! Foundation has been poured on the new greenhouse and construction is underway. Stay tuned for updates on this project, photos of the new construction, and the final product once the new greenhouse is complete.
From floral arrangements, wall decor, lighting, lanterns and even natural personal care products our home goods section will offer a unique assortment of home and garden decor that caters to all design tastes.
The Greenhouse Company has installed the Phase 1 greenhouse of their Garden Center. Phase 2 will be installed this summer. The Phase 1 greenhouse is a 72′ x 120′ x 12′ Appalachian gutter-connect greenhouse with roll-up curtains, roof vents, and a 36′ x 36′ shade house.
We offer a patent-pending product called the Louver Lifter™ that is ideal for any style of greenhouse. The Louver Lifter™ works by using its maximum initial force to open louvers against the suction of the strong partial vacuum created by exhaust fans. Once the louver is open, the force is reduced to prevent damage to louvers or linkages.
The Greenhouse Company recently completed a project for The Growers Exchange in Virginia. The project included installation of a large 140′ x 96′ 5-bay Appalachian style greenhouse that will be used for growing herbs. The custom greenhouse has several options for optimal growing including ridge vents and an interior Jādershade™ system.
For many years, we have supported The Growers Exchange mission of growing and providing the finest quality and selection of herbs for their customer’s gardening success. Learn more about The Growers Exchange by visiting their website.
Effective March 13, 2018, our KWIC-KLIP® has been officially trademarked. Originally developed and first used in 1980, we are pleased to have this product officially trademarked with US Patent and Trademark Office.
More About The KWIC-KLIP®
KWIC-KLIP® extrusions are used to attach poly to greenhouses and are reusable
For easy use on baseboards or bows
Unbeatable holding power – over 250 lbs per linear foot
KWIC-KLIP® has held poly on during hurricane winds!
The fastest installation of any clip design
Self-locking extrusions snap on and off for quick & easy installation & removal
Designed for maximum performance – ideal for double- and single-layer air-inflated greenhouses
Self-shading, protecting poly from UV rays & heat build up at critical points
The Greenhouse Company recently completed a large greenhouse project for The Growers Exchange in Sandston, Virginia. The project included installation of a large 140′ x 96′ 5-bay Appalachian style greenhouse that will be used for growing herbs. The custom greenhouse has several options for optimal growing, including ridge vents and a Jādershade™ system, a fully automatic, cable-driven internal shade system.
We have worked with The Growers Exchange for many years and support their mission of growing and providing the finest quality and selection of herbs and helping their customers have gardening success. Learn more about The Growers Exchange by visiting their website.
We are pleased to announce two recent promotions within The Greenhouse Company:
Leigh Dodd has been promoted to Executive Vice President.
Leigh celebrates 20 years with The Greenhouse Company later this year. She has held many positions including Inside Sales Representative, Inside Sales Manager, Assistant Vice President, Outside Sales Representative, and Vice President.
Mike McCaw has been promoted to Vice President.
Mike has been with the company since 1985 and has successfully served in many positions as well, including Shipping Associate, Shipping Manager, Production Floor Associate, Production Manager, Plant Manager, and Outside Sales Representative.
Judy Moore, Owner of The Greenhouse Company, states, “I am thrilled to announce the promotions of Leigh and Mike. Both have been invaluable to members of The Greenhouse Company team and continue to contribute to our success as a company. Leigh has proven to be an excellent manager and leader of the sales team. Mike has had success in sales due to his remarkable knowledge and experience with our production and quality systems. We look forward to sharing in their successes for years to come.”