Remove Wet/Heavy Snow From Your Greenhouse to Avoid Collapsing

Spring is here, and for greenhouse owners, that means vigilance. While Planta Greenhouses boast exceptional durability (with a collapse rate below 0.01% since 2019!), proper maintenance is crucial to avoid potential issues in the spring, especially with heavy snow.

Why It Matters

The structural integrity of Planta Greenhouses is designed to withstand a variety of weather conditions, including heavy snowfall. However, the combination of extreme weather conditions and lack of maintenance can pose a risk to your greenhouse. Despite the low risk of collapse, which stands at less than 0.01%, proactive care is essential to maintain the safety and longevity of your structure.

Understanding Snow Weight

The weight of snow can vary significantly depending on its type and condition:

  • Fresh fluffy snow is relatively light, weighing about 4 lb. (1.8 kg) per cubic foot.
  • Regular snow has a weight range of 12 - 18 lbs. (5.5 – 8.2 kg) per cubic foot.
  • Packed snow increases in density and weight, coming in at about 25 lbs. (11.3 kg) per cubic foot.
  • Wet snow can be particularly heavy, potentially weighing as much as 50 lbs. (22.7 kg) per cubic foot. Similarly, icy snow can weigh even more, adding significant stress to greenhouse structures.

Taking Action to Prevent Collapse

  • Prompt Snow Removal: Clear snow from your greenhouse after every snowfall. This prevents it from accumulating and becoming heavier.
  • Use Safe Tools: Opt for snow rakes or soft-bristled brooms to gently remove snow without damaging the covering or frame.
  • Monitor Snow Conditions: Be mindful of snow type. Fresh snow is easier to manage, but take action before it becomes heavier and more dangerous.


By following these greenhouse care tips, you can help ensure the longevity and safety of your Planta Greenhouse. The risk of collapse is minimal, but attention to maintenance during the critical early spring period can keep that risk rate low. Remember, a little effort goes a long way in protecting your investment and ensuring a productive growing season.

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