We’re sure many of you have experienced the uprooting of your greenhouse before. Not only is it an annoyance, but it may also take a great deal of time and effort to get things back up again.
It’s very sad to look at the ruins of your hard work. All the seedlings rooted out and strewn across the lawn is not a happy sight to look at.
For this reason, we are here with some tips to help you out to answer the issue of how to anchor a greenhouse to the ground.
You may be wondering about the methods and their success rates.
To be fair, there are many of you who have tried some of the techniques on the ways to anchor bolts for greenhouse.
And we believe that’s all you did.
But we will be taking you through a more comprehensive approach.
So, just sit back and give it a read. We know you won’t regret it!
Anchor greenhouse to ground: What are the main reasons?
The first and the most obvious problems with greenhouse uprooting is the wind itself.
The strong gusts of wind current are more than capable of taking out your greenhouse and its contents with it. Even mild winds can cause noticeable harm if the greenhouse is set on a weak foundation.
Other possible examples of destruction can be caused by wild animals. There have been reports (though not that many) that wild animals have broken the greenhouse barrier and damaged the plants within the structure.
These are the obvious reasons for greenhouse foundation options to be very diverse and strong. If you somehow miss to manage it properly, then the destruction of your beloved polytunnel is imminent.
And it will hurt even more if you don’t plan ahead and leave the work for the growing season.
That’s going to hurt the most!
Greenhouse anchorage: The Steps to keep things secure
We will now talk about the steps that will keep your greenhouse safe from harm. Unlike other task that you have to do to maintain your lawn or garden, taking care of a greenhouse achor is quite different. Later on, we will be discussing the greenhouse anchor kit and some suitable content that you may want to get your hands on.
Step 1: Structure fixes
The very first thing you should do is to use blocks to strengthen the structure from all sides. You may want to apply fixes on different points for better results.
Step 2: Anchoring the surface
Anchor the greenhouse on several strategic points using screw anchors.
One important observation here is the strategic points. Although they are really easy to identify, it is crucial to buy the right anchor that has the right diameter and length.
The type of ground is also an important factor that weighs in.
Arrowhead ground anchors are very apt for tough ground. But their unique shape requires power tools for proper insertion.
Step 3: Linking the anchors
After you’ve put the anchors in place, it’s now time to link them.
Using stainless steel cables is the obvious choice here. It offers a good deal of resistance and keeps the greenhouse safe and secure.
Step 4: Secure the surroundings
This is the step where you want to lay out a solid foundation.
Using stud bolts and base plates for reinforcement are the go-to option here of course. But you could go with any other method that suits you.
Step 5: Additional security
Tar-coated stakes are very good anchoring points which are solid enough to stay in place during stormy weather conditions.
You can also use them for securing the plates to their designated positions.
We believe many of you have come across a few points which you didn’t understand. So, we will now try and explain some crucial points of interest for better understanding in the following sections.
How to weigh down a greenhouse? Plates for poly-tunnel security
If you want to use plates for securing a greenhouse, then there are two advantages that you can get.
First of all, you are getting extra cover for the larger greenhouse structure. And the second and obvious option is the extra security, which comes as an added bonus to the foundation establishment.
The concrete plating is very simple to understand.
All you have to do is use the base plate and stud bolts to establish the structure. The concrete plating is very secure and the foundation remains almost unbiased to gusty winds.
Concrete plating is highly suitable for large greenhouses because of their immense strength.
Regular base plates are suitable for both fragile and tough surfaces.
It’s just an anchor plate with multiple strengthening points. As the tubes are driven within the ground, you fix the base plate with the points to the surface.
If you use regular base plates, then you could get away with a medium to a semi-large structure. The structural integrity is commendable overall.
Ground Anchors: The strongest plating option
The ground anchor plates have a very specific design with respect to the regular options.
One of the main advantages of ground anchors is the fact that they eliminate the need for any foundation. That’s because they gather their strength from underground as the inner strength of the ground holds them down.
These are by far the strongest options you can find. They are very suitable for large and heavy greenhouse structures.
Leveling a greenhouse base: Fixes for surfaces
The first thing experienced gardeners do is find fixes on the ground surfaces. There are a few fixed options regarding the matter. But the option of using a frame base is the most common.
The only problem with such options is the fact that they are a tad bit expensive. Still, taking the material quality and the ease of use into consideration, the extra cash doesn’t seem to be far-fetched.
Here are the steps you can follow to use a frame for security:
- Survey the area where you want the base to go.
- Then dig holes in the designated positions. They shouldn’t be more than 0.5-meters deep.
- Now insert PVC pipes into the holes. The diameter of the pipes shouldn’t be any less than 10-centimeters.
- It’s time to measure the placement and acknowledge that they are aligned perfectly.
- Prepare mortar and pour them into the pipes.
- Leave them to dry for 2 to 3 hours or more.
- You could put plates or incorporate anchors if you wish to have more reinforcement.
That’s all there is to it. There’s no additional work that needs to be done.
All you need to pay attention to is the precision. And the rest will fall into order.
How to secure a plastic greenhouse: The steps
We will now talk about the steps on how to anchor a plastic greenhouse and securing it properly.
Advantages of plastic greenhouses
Despite having a few downsides like pollution and fire hazards, plastic greenhouses are more efficient than your regular glass counterparts.
They are 35 to 45% more efficient than glass greenhouses. The rays of the sun are evenly distributed, which is one of its plus points. Also, and it is one of the major considerations is the fact that they come cheaper. Furthermore, handling plastic greenhouses is far easier than heavy glass ones.
Buying the material
Whenever you go out to buy the plastic material for your greenhouse, try not to cheap out.
Normal, cheap plastic films will not have good ultraviolet stabilization, which is a great issue considering the overall efficiency. Also, these types of materials don’t last long.
The Staples and Screw Method
- The very first step is to pain and prepares the PVC pipes. They should not be edgy and should have ample color coating to reduce the possibility of damage.
- Now place the plastic sheet on the frames. Use anything suitable to give you a better reach.
- Let the plastic slide down the frames.
- Make sure the coverage is even and has enough space.
- Get rid of any excess plastic film.
- Use a lathe to secure plastic films. Hold the plastic films against the lathe and punch 3 to 4 nails with a hammer.
- Staple the loose sides and repeat the process.
We believe this part should give you a very good idea of how to arrange supplies for your diy kit that we mentioned earlier. Staples, film, nails and small plates come in packages.
You can either collect them or choose to get a package deal. Both options are available.
We know, there’s a lot of information to process here.
But you need to look on the bright side as well. The info that we provided for you should be more than enough to provide answers for the questions on how to anchor the greenhouse to the ground.
But there is a concern though.
Many of the steps that we talked about require some sort of carpentry skills. So, you’d need to be extra careful to embark on the project and know the details. A good method here would be to gather some second opinion from a seasoned professional.
It’s time to say goodbye to you all. See you again next time.