Shade nets are synthetic fibre nets made of HPDE plastics that the intensity of direct sunlight according to the requirements of the crops. They are meant to protect agro products. There are different types of shade nets available in the market.
This article will discuss some of the things you need to know about shade nets apart from their prices.
The durability of a shade net should last for 10 to 20 years. Some factors determine the durability of these shade nets. They include:
- Choice of the fabric
- The angle at which you are going to install the net
- The closeness of other structures
It is important to note that choosing the light colour for your net resolves the ventilation issues because the light colour will reflect more heat from the sun. Also, note that the white shade cloths reduce light quantity rather than the light spectrum’s quality.
There are different types of shade nets available in the market
- The knitted
- The woven
Features of the knitted shade net
- They are made of lightweight polythene.
- They are resistant to tear and unravelling
- They are resistant to UV rays
- They have a more extended durability period as compared to the woven one
- They are easy to install
- They reduce the build-up of heat
They are mostly used in:
- Shade houses
- Hot houses
Features of the woven shade net
- made of polypropylene
- It allows heat build-up as compared to the knitted shade nets
- It is heavier to install
- It cannot withstand the UV rays
They are used mainly in:
- Kennel of the pets
- Patios shading
- Privacy screens
- Solar protection for the plants
The shade nets prices Kenya vary depending on the types of nets required.
Depending on the crop, not all plants thrive in a shaded environment. Others thrive in full sun exposure. The farmer must remember that sunlight is required for photosynthesis to occur. Plants require sunlight to produce food. The stage of growth of the crop
The best plant that requires shading is the ones that are in the nursery. The shade is used to reduce the temperature in the nursery. Thus these plants need 90% shading. When the plants are in their hardening stage, they require 50% to 30% shading.How do you choose a shade net for your plant? Consider the following factors:
- The location of the planting area
Those farmers in the lowland areas have a higher percentage of shading than those in the cooler highland areas.
- The budget
The higher the cost, the more shading there is. A 90% shade net, for example, is more expensive than a 75% shade net.
The shade net is also useful because it reduces the size of the raindrops. Vegetables can also be grown under the shade net.
It is also worth noting that shade nets are available in two different colors in Kenya. We have both the black and green shade nets. Black shade nets are more common than green shade nets.
From the above discussion, one can choose the right shade net for the plant. Check also construction safety nets in Kenya.