What Size of Light Dep Tarp Should I Get for My Greenhouse?

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Are you looking to transition your cannabis growth from indoors to the outdoors? Well, light deprivation greenhouses might just be your next best move! These greenhouses are a favorite among growers and for good reasons. This just doesn't promise to triple your harvest; it is the secret behind growing some of the best-quality cannabis out there. But what makes these greenhouses so effective? It's the essential light dep tarp, often dubbed the blackout cover.
For cannabis, darkness is necessary, especially during the 'dark phase' of your light deprivation routine. This is where the tarp shines (or rather, doesn't). It's designed to block out any speck of light, setting the ideal ambiance for your plants to thrive.
But, selecting the right tarp size for your greenhouse can be tricky. And here's a tip: indoor and outdoor tarps aren't sized the same. This small distinction can make a big difference. Before taking the plunge into this new cultivation method, familiarize yourself with the differences between indoor and outdoor tarp measurements. You're on the path to an exceptional yield with the ideal tarp in your arsenal.

Is It Better to Install a Light Deprivation Tarp Inside or Outside Your Greenhouse?

Trying to decide where to place your light dep tarp, inside or outside the greenhouse, can be complicated. The best answer? It depends on how much you're willing to spend
If you want to save money and plan to have a system that requires minimal upkeep, going for an interior light dep tarp might be your best bet. These tarps are crafted from materials that are perfectly suited for indoor environments. They tend to last for several years without demanding much maintenance. However, they have their own set of installation prerequisites. It usually needs an automatic pulley system to operate efficiently.
On the other hand, if you are leaning towards an outdoor setup, the exterior light dep tarps serve you well. These are designed to brave the elements. They have a higher resistance to wear and tear. In addition, it can stand well against UV degradation. They also offer more versatility, allowing you to manage the coverage per the weather conditions and your plants' needs.

Figuring Out the Perfect Light Deprivation Tarp Size for Your Greenhouse

Choosing the right size of light dep tarp for your greenhouse doesn't have to be a guessing game. Here's a simple guide to help you calculate the tarp size you'll need.
Start by measuring your greenhouse frame to understand how much material is necessary. The aim is to get a tarp that can comfortably cover your greenhouse's top and sides.
Here's how you do it:
  • Measure the depth of your greenhouse.
  • Find out the circumference of your greenhouse frame's curve.
  • Add 2 to 4 extra feet to the circumference measurement, which will allow you to securely anchor the tarp to the ground.
For a greenhouse with no solid end walls
If this is your situation, your tarp should also be long enough to cover these open ends. Here's the method to calculate the right tarp size:
  • Take the height of your greenhouse and double it.
  • Add this value to the depth of your greenhouse that you previously measured.
  • Add an extra foot to each measurement to ensure the tarp is securely held in place.
So, with a bit of measuring and some simple math, you can easily work out the size of the light dep tarp you need to get your greenhouse snug and secure. Just grab a measuring tape and get started! It's always better to have a tarp that's slightly too big than one that doesn't quite cover everything, so keep that in mind while calculating.

Finding the Best Method to Handle Your Light Dep Tarp

When managing your light dep tarp, you can generally explore two avenues — going automatic or doing it manually. Let's delve into the pros of each to help you make an informed decision.
If convenience is your top priority and you are okay investing a bit more, an automatic puller could be your go-to choice. This gadget can be programmed to pull the tarp over your greenhouse and retract it at specific intervals. It practically takes the hassle out of the process, allowing you to set a schedule and then sit back and relax as it does the hard work for you.
However, if you're watching your budget closely, there's no need to worry; a manual puller would work perfectly fine. This method is cost-effective and allows you to physically check on your plants as you cover and uncover the greenhouse. It's a straightforward solution that gives you control without hitting hard on your wallet.
So, depending on your budget and how hands-on you wish to be in the care of your greenhouse, both options have their unique advantages. It could be the easy automation of an automatic puller or the budget-friendliness of a manual one; the choice is all yours to make!

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