Top Shade Net Materials and Applications in Kenya
Shade Net Materials

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Shade net materials are the most widely used protective nets for crop shields against environmental conditions.  Growing plants under shade nets helps cut down evaporation and stress plant development. It also limits the high harsh effect of sunlight on soil moisture as it directly filters the amount of the sun rays penetrating.

Know the Cost of Shade Net Materials

Our shade nets vary in price for the individual sunlight filtration percentages. We have different percentages of filtration; 35%, 55%, 75% and 90% all sold in full rolls of 4 x 50 m.
  • 35% – Cost KES 16,000
  • 55% – Costs KES 19,000
  • 75% – Costs KES 26,000
  • 90% – Costs KES 36,000

Types of Shade Net Materials and Recommended Uses

Shade nets are available in knitted or woven forms to serve a wide range of crop types and applications. Knitted Nets: These are highly versatile, providing uniform shade and air circulation, ideal for vegetable cultivation and floriculture
  • 30 % shade net – reduces the sun penetration rate by 35 percent
  • 55 % Knitted Shade net – Reduces the sun penetration by 55 percent.
  • 75 % Knitted Shade net – They lower the sun penetration rate by 75 percent.
  • 90 % Knitted Shade net – Shade net types reduce the sunlight level by 90 percent.
Woven Nets: Offering exceptional strength, they are perfect for larger nurseries and orchards, where durability is key.

Crops Grown under Knitted Shade nets

  • 30 % – Vegetables such as Kunde, kales, spinach, carrots and broccoli.
  • 55 and 75 % – Crops less tolerant to the sun such as seedlings, flowers, and carrots.
  • 90 % – Shade-loving plants such as herbs; ferns, algae
Shade Net Materials Understanding the distinct features of each type helps in choosing the right net for specific agricultural ventures, thereby optimizing crop protection and growth

How to Select Best Shade Nets for Robust Farming

In the process of finding the best shade net materials for your shade house farming, start by looking for the ideal and reputable supplier. We are one of the best shade net suppliers in Kenya with quality and affordable nets. The most important thing to consider is the percentage of sunlight filtration for proper crop suitability. Determine the quality and ability of a shade net to last long. It is recommended to choose UV-treated shade nets to ensure they can last long. The best of all concerns is the size of the net as per the shade structure you want to use on it.

Durability of Shade Net Materials

Before you decide to invest in a shade net material, it’s important to learn how long it can last while operating in good condition. A good shade net can last for 5-10 years but it depends on the factors such as;
  • Quality of the Shade net material – the material of the shade net determines its durability. Durable nets are made from UV-treated polythene materials.
  • Environmental conditions – Where a shade is used can also determine its longevity. Some areas have extremely harsh hot climates which can lower the effectiveness of the material after some time.
  • Maintenance of the net – The care and maintenance level determines how long a shade net will serve your agricultural purposes. Care involves keeping sharp objects that can tear the net away, preventing children and domestic animals from damaging the material.
  • Application – the use of the shade net dictates the amount of time it can provide effective protection to your crops.

Application of Shade net Materials in Agriculture

  • Greenhouses – Useful temperature control elements in a hot greenhouse environment. They are installed to cover the ventilation areas and ensure an optimal temperature.
  • Nurseries – To provide cover for growing seedlings and young plants that are vulnerable to the harsh sunlight.
  • Orchard fruit protection – alternatives for keeping birds away and sometimes protecting fruits from hail and frost damage.
  • Fish farming – may work as protective nets in fishponds and dams. The role is to keep stones, debris and animals such as birds away.

 What Is The Best Way To Attach Shade Cloth?

To effectively attach a shade net material onto a structure you need to hold it with wires or nails. For wooden greenhouses, you can use wiggle wires locked in a channel or nails hammered onto the wooden poles. Metallic greenhouses requires fastening of the channel wirelock onto the metal tubes using screws and then holding the net using wiggle wires. To attach shade cloth effectively, secure it using snap clips or timber fasteners for wooden frames, or use bungee balls for metal frames. Ensure the cloth is taut to avoid sagging and damage from wind. Regularly check and adjust the fasteners for durability.

Where to Buy Quality UV Treated Shade Net Materials in Kenya

Aqua Hub Kenya has high-quality shade net materials selling at affordable charges for all  farmers in Kenya and Africa. Call 0790719020

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Materials are Shade Nets Made Of?

UV treated Polythene materials

2. What Are The Different Types Of Shade Nets?

35%, 55%, 75%, and 90% Knitted Shade nets. Woven Shade Nets

3. What Is The Most Effective Shade Nets?

Knitted shade nets are the most ideal types for use in agricultural purposes. They have a wide range of crop applications due to their different range of sunlight filtration.

4. How Does Shade Nets Work?

Shade cloth works by blocking a percentage of sunlight, reducing heat and light intensity. This helps protect plants from excessive sun exposure, maintains a cooler environment, and reduces water evaporation from the soil.


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