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Check it out and Check it off: Greenhouse Spring Cleaning

Posted by admin on Feb 9, 2015 11:07:34 AM

Many cultures have used spring cleaning as a way to prepare their houses for their new year. My new favorite is the Chinese tradition of sweeping their floors and cleaning their homes to cleanse it of the bad luck and misfortunes that may have accumulated during the past year. Once the house is clean, there is a prohibition against sweeping for a few days after the New Year to prevent removing any good luck or fortune that came in with the turning of the year. Prohibiting cleaning? Count me in.

Friday, March 20th marks the first day of spring for the 2015 year. This is the month when weather warms, windows can be opened, houses aired out and the best part: insects are not yet a problem. For these reasons March has become the official month for spring cleaning. Here we will provide a checklist of a few things you will need to check out and check off to get your greenhouse ready for the new planting season.

1. Clean and disinfect all surfaces with a bio-friendly soap and warm water

2. Check all seals for air tightness

3. Make sure all ventilation systems are functioning. You may need to oil the shutters and louvers to ensure proper movement free of friction and other obstructions

4. Inspect watering lines, connectors, hoses for cracks or clogs

5. Flush out the hoses periodically by running water at full pressure

6. Tighten all nuts, bolts, screws and other hardware

7. Repair or replace as needed damaged parts

8. Inspect coverings for damage and make repairs or replace as needed

9. Wash glazing inside and out for proper light filtration

10. Clean gutters and fix leaks

11. Check exhaust fan belts

12. Clean and inspect your evaporative cooling system-replace pads as needed

13. Lubricate all rack and pinion

This is not a complete list of checks for your greenhouse. If you are experiencing electrical or plumbing issues please call your local electrical or plumbing contractor. If there is any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact Stuppy, Inc.

Topics: greenhouse spring cleaning, spring cleaning, greenhouse maintenance, seasonal greenhouse maintenance

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