5 tips for positioning a greenhouse
Finding the right spot for your greenhouse will ensure you benefit fully from the potential of it. Remember, a site that has good sun in the summer will not necessarily have good sun in winter. Due to the lower angle of the sun in winter, trees that don’t in summer, might cast long shadows in winter. To assist you in placing your greenhouse, we recommend the following:
Find a sunny position
The preferred location for a greenhouse is on the north or northeast side of the house, in a sunny location. This is where it will capture most sunlight for most of the year. If you can’t find a north facing spot, east facing is the second best option, followed by northwest and west. South facing is the least desirable position, and, while some plants will grow in a south facing position if they receive additional heating, it is best to be avoided.
Consider some shade
It can be highly desirable to provide some afternoon shade for your greenhouse during the summer months. Deciduous trees are a highly effective way of offering shade. Their leaves will provide shade during the summer, and as they drop their leaves during the colder months the greenhouse will receive the additional sun it requires.
Note: If you can’t find an ideal year-round position for your greenhouse, it can be easily moved. All Tuscan Path greenhouses are lightweight and can be moved without disassembling.
Avoid unnecessary damage
After UV damage, strong winds are the most common cause of damage to PVC and PE mesh greenhouses. Strong winds can rip the plastic covering or damage the structure. Therefore, you want to find a spot that is sheltered from prevailing winds and wind tunnels. If a suitable site is unavailable, shelter can be provided by planting a hedge or building an open weave fence. Be wary of putting your greenhouse too close to a tree that may have falling limbs or branches, and keep your greenhouse away from children’s play areas.
Ensure good drainage
Find a surface with good drainage so your greenhouse doesn’t get flooded from heavy rains. Avoid runoff channels. Ideally, place your greenhouse where land slopes away from it.
Make attending to your plants easy
It’s best to place your greenhouse close to a watering source as you will be watering your plants regularly. While not essential, it’s also a good idea to keep it close to your house so it’s easier to attend to the plants – your greenhouse will get more use, and the plants in it will get more care if you have easy access.
Please Note: While we have taken every care to ensure the accuracy of this DIY information, Tuscan Path cannot be held responsible for any of the advice contained in our website and where appropriate we advise you to consult a professional.