In addition to healthy, pest-free soil, and proper watering, netting is one of the most important weapons against losing fruit to pests. However, it’s important to remember that there are several different kinds and netting types out there, and you have to use the right kind for the right job.
If you’ve ever had a tree or two get eaten to the ground during harvest season you know how much work it can be to get new trees planted in time for next season.
Photo-selective netting for your orchard is a great solution to improve airflow and reduce the spread of disease. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and how it works.
What is photo-selective netting?
Photo-selective netting is like sunscreen for plants.
A photo-selective net (PSN) is a kind of solar light-reflecting and controlling material, used to cover crops in order to protect them from the outdoor environment and improve agricultural production.
It can selectively filter out sunlight wavelengths unsuitable for photosynthesis, allowing only those suitable for crop growth to enter the plants.
How does it work?
A photo-selective net is like a type of screen made up of parallel threads fastened at a given spacing to form openings that may be round, rectangular, square, or otherwise shaped and constructed to provide selective solar radiation control.
A photo-selective net is in addition to being an insect net, a selective solar radiation filter with reduced glare and heat transfer. The photo-selective technology is based on a plastic mesh material into which various color pigments are introduced while being manufactured. These meshes are designed to block certain bands of solar radiation, and/or reflect direct light into scattered light.
Solar shade net fabric varies in color and weave. Sometimes, a softer look is needed. The largest value of solar radiation (or amount of solar energy passing through the material) is based on the area of the holes in the fabric.
This specialized design of netting is intended to help your crops increase their photosynthesis by only allowing certain wavelengths of light through. The result is a darker shade of green as well.
2. citing it from heatstroke during the day. This daylight control system gives you better yields of firmer, fresher fruit whatever the weather. The nets are also meant to help reduce water loss caused by evaporation
How to Use It
The photo-selective fine-meshed net (usually with an aperture size of 20 to 50 mm) is often used in fruit orchards to prevent sun and bird damage during the fall. The net is hung along the perimeter of the orchard and stretched by attaching it to wires on both ends. For fruits, such as apples and pears, which require hand-picking at harvest time, the photo-selective fine-meshed netting can be installed above the trees to protect them from birds without hindering human activity.
Benefits and Uses of Photo-Selective Netting
Here is why photoselective netting is the best idea you can use for the health of your fruit plant:
1. Get the bag on early
Photoselective netting, a proven fruit-growth enhancer, confers the benefits of pruning without actually cutting and clipping. The net also enforces the vertical spacing of the rows and plants so that each plant is encouraged to grow upright stems with fewer fibrous side shoots. Imagine having an orchard piled high with fruit, all thanks to Photoselective netting. This innovative material confides fruit early in its growing season, restricting their growth and drastically reducing the need for pruning and excessive clipping. The results are unrivaled freshness and low maintenance.
2. Reduces the chances of Fungi
As the temperatures start to dip into the autumnal valley, a problem that faces both amateur and commercial fruit growers is the chance of diseases occurring in orchards. photo-selective netting is a true innovation, designed to prevent fungi such as mildew from forming on apples while also reducing the threat of insect infestation.
3. Keep Away Birds
Photoselective nets keep birds but allow air and light to reach the fruits. When flowers bloom, the fruit trees are pollinated by bees that go freely through the meshes. Without destructive birds, there is less need to spray pesticides. The product has been a success in Europe for decades.
4. Reduce Temperature and Water Loss
In cool weather, the photo-selective netting lets in warmth from the sun but shuts out the cold and dampness. In warm weather it works in reverse, cooling your crop by night and prote.
5. Train fruits to grow big
Fruits are trained to grow big through the use of photoselective netting. The trick is to drape a dark, mylar-like fabric over a wire mesh that includes holes smaller than fruit but large enough to let in light. This allows sunlight to reach the leaves almost as if the netting weren’t there.
The result is a condition that creates a microclimate that keeps your plants warm and healthy all season long. Photoselective netting trains your plant tendrils to grow between the wires for support, creating air circulation between rows for more even distribution of warmth and preventing frost damage.
Another advantage is that these kinds of netting systems are used to protect your mature trees from damaging insects and wind damage. That can lead to poor quality fruit.
6. Less Money for Pesticides
Fruit growers are now putting the money they’re saving on pesticides into the netting, which is less expensive to install than pesticides and can better protect crops from birds and other pests. Photosensitive netting helps farmers to grow high-quality fruits and vegetables without using pesticides. It protects plantings from insects by using an ingenious combination of light filtration and reflection, in a pattern that effectively demoralizes most flying pests.
Conclusion: Protect your Investment
Most commercial greenhouses use shade cloth for protecting plants. The problem with shade cloth is that more than ¾ of transmitted light gets converted into heat energy, resulting in high temperatures inside the greenhouse.
Photo-selective netting is like sunscreen for plants; it reflects and transmits light. By admitting desired wavelengths while suppressing unwanted wavelengths, this netting enhances natural sunlight that helps fruits grow better than before. Instead of producing heat, PSN becomes a dehumidifier when placed between sunlight and plants
Your plants deserve the best there is. They deserve EYOUAGRO netting solution. Through the use of our low-cost, easy-to-operate, photo-selective net, you can improve your fruit yields & quality while reducing sun exposure in an environmentally friendly manner. Contact us to get started.