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Best type of polytunnel covering


 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:16 pm    Post subject: Best type of polytunnel covering Reply with quote

I will be building a large polytunnel shortly if it would stop raining , about 30-40 foot long by 15 wide I live in a very exposed site with very high winds and rain, it will be held down well, posts concreted in to the ground and the ends of the plastic sheeting burried in a deep thench. Which grade of plastic should i order and would netting over it be helpfull or wear it out quicker ??
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the netting is not tight it can wear the plastic.

Once the plastic is tight there should be no problem with wind. Mine is in a virtual gale path and has help in there for the last couple of weeks of strong winds.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

best get advise from colm warren plastic tunnels co meath. There are many grades of polythene consult the experts colm warren at deirdrewarren @cwp.ie
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 1800 micron or 720 gauge which is fairly standard when ordering from poly tunnel supplier. It has stood up to some nasty wind.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've 720 gauge (180 micron) UVI/EVA cover, and very happy with it. I went for clear, which lets the liht right in without dispersion. If you plan to grow plants which do not like direct sunlight then go for the anti-fog or 'white' which disperses the light, but also reduces it a bit.
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