Mar. 10, 2022
The use of plastic mesh in vegetables farms and gardens is not fully exploited. In fact, it has been around much longer than you might think. While it wasn't rampant or frequent at the time, its relevance and use has increased over time. Not only has its use and popularity increased; farmers have begun to look for new ways to use it effectively. Plastic lattice nets provide protection for plants in a variety of ways, not one. These nets are UV stabilized and applications include grass reinforcement nets, garden nets, garden fences, deer control fences, bird protection nets, crop and pond cover nets, butterfly nets, pea and bean nets, garden nets, windbreaks, insect nets and rabbit fences. However, we have decided to discuss some of these applications in detail below.
Climbing vines need a support system to continue their vertical journey. The plastic mesh acts as an effective lattice system. Stretch it between two supports, such as wood or metal stakes, and plant the vines at the bottom of the mesh. The mesh can be used anywhere in your garden, giving you the flexibility to grow climbing seasonal vegetables, for example, without having to install a permanent lattice structure.
Covering plants with plastic netting is an easy way to keep birds and harmful insects away from plants. This is particularly useful for fruits, such as grape vines, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. When fruit is formed, birds like to nibble on the sweet stuff, which can greatly reduce your yield. Laying plastic netting over the plants allows light and water to penetrate without birds coming into contact with the fruit as it ripens.
Open space in the mesh, but tightly fixed plastic lattice netting can provide some shade for the plants below. If your plants are heat sensitive or are suffering from heat stress, covering them with tightly meshed plastic mesh will give them enough shade to become healthy again. For effective shade, knock stakes into the ground around the plants and place the net over the stakes a few inches above the plants, rather than placing the net directly over the plants.
The easiest way to use the net is to support tomatoes, beans and other production plants such as cucumbers and even melons with straight fences and lattice racks. To erect it, it is recommended that you use 6½-foot steel T-posts spaced 5 feet apart. Then let the wire mesh be secured using tensioned plastic strapping. Then end up with seven rows of 70-foot rows that can withstand the fiercest winds we've ever seen. Plastic lattice mesh is more economical than some other materials because you can use it over and over again, and if you hold it lightly, it usually lasts for years. It is available in a variety of colors, so you can choose the right color for your needs. If your goal is to blend in with your landscape, then a black or green net is your best bet. Black tends to provide the best shade, but if the weave is tight enough, all colors will produce shade.