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Affordable Shade Cloth Suppliers: Guide to Netting in Agriculture

The importance of selecting one of the affordable shade cloth suppliers cannot be emphasized enough. Shade cloth is widely used in agriculture and as such large quantities are needed. To ensure that the shading doesn’t eat into your profits, you need to buy from a reputable supplier that offers affordable products. It is furthermore important to select a supplier known for excellent quality and after sales service. 

Even if you get the best prices and the materials are simply not up to par, you will lose money at the end of the day because the netting will have to be replaced more often because of weathering. In addition, you risk damage to the plants should inappropriate materials be used which cannot provide the right amount of shade and protection against weather elements.

Usage of Shade Cloth in Agricultural Settings

Since most plants farmed today come from their natural settings, which differ widely from the controlled farming environment it is important to create conditions similar to optimal growth conditions in their natural habitats. Netting helps to do just that by giving the ideal micro-climatic environment to the plants.

Plants taken from tropical habitats normally grow under shade, using only diffused light. If you plan on growing such plants in another type of habitat you will need to plant large trees to give the appropriate light diffusion or can create an artificially shaded environment through netting.

The netting will furthermore help to create the high humidity environment needed for tropical plant growth. Without such, the plants will be exposed to harsh sun rays, dry out and simply not grow as they would in nature. The temperature must also be regulated to create the ideal growth conditions and it is made possible with affordable shade cloth, obtainable from trusted suppliers such as the International Group of Companies in South Africa.

Every plant type needs a specific shade level for optimal development. The farmer in South Africa can only create such conditions through use of appropriate netting or cloth. It is, however, also important to ensure correct usage of the netting as too much shade can stunt growth for some plants. To ensure correct application the netting is marked according to the percentage of shade provided. Follow the agricultural guidelines for shade when selecting a cloth type for your crop.

Shading can be grouped into the following categories:

  • Protection against weather elements such as frost, wind, hail and animal related risks such as birds.
  • Nets made for reducing exposure to solar elements as to avoid damage to the plant leaves.
  • Protection for the plants against insects.
  • Nets to create the right climate conditions, used mainly in greenhouse farming.


Strength of Netting

A further classification is done according to the strength of the shade cloth and generally the stronger, the more expensive. This is where budget considerations may come in.

Types of Shading

Shade cloth is also marked according to the level of shade provided such as light, medium, strong or extra strong.

We supply a wide range of netting, plastics, and packaging material and are well represented in the country. With an extensive product range, superior after sales service and an excellent BBBEE standing we have become of the preferred suppliers of shade netting in the country. Whether you want Agrishade, Builder’s shade or normal netting you will appreciate our range and the quality of the products. Our bulk prices are extremely competitive, leaving you with more money in your pocket at the end of the day. Get the best netting from The International Group as one of the most affordable shade cloth suppliers in South Africa.

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Shade Cloth Products for Usage in Construction, Commerce and Agriculture

Landpak, as one of the three companies that make up the International Group of Companies (IGC) manufactures a wide range of shade cloth applicable to building and construction, commercial and domestic use, and the agricultural sector.

The product range includes the Builder Shade suitable for usage in demolition, construction and mining; Supershade for commercial, domestic and industrial usage, and Agrishade for applications in the nursery and agricultural settings.

The shade cloth is made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) which has UV inhibitors added for life expectancy of eight years.  Landpak produces the complete product in-house with internal quality control labs testing the products to ensure that high manufacturing and product standards are not only met, but exceeded.  The cloths come in various sizes and lengths according to client requirements.

With the addition of UV inhibitors through Hindered Amine Light Stabilisers (HALS) the shade cloth can help to hinder harmful rays from penetrating and damaging products up to 90%.  We make use of independent testing to ensure that consistency is gained in shade percentages and UV transmittance. 

We make use of the Rachel warp knitting method to incorporate the lock stitch for protection against laddering and tearing. The products come with internal memory ensuring that the cloths will return to their original shape once surface tension is no longer applied. Apart from the above, we also apply heat setting to ensure additional dimensional stability.  All the shade cloths made by Landpak are easy to repair and have exceptional stretch capacity for easier set-up over structures.

Builder Shade

The shade cloth is well-priced and manufactured to withstand the harsh South African weather conditions and to meet the high standards and requirements of the building and construction industry. Applications include for instance, ventilation in mining, prevention of erosion, crowd control, protective barrier at demolition sites, hiding of scaffolding, and as skirting material in addition to usage for reclamation purposes.


The Supershade cloth is used to provide shade and protection to valuable assets in outdoor settings. The net is made with aesthetic requirements in mind and comes in a wide range of fashionable colours.  The cloth is used in commercial and industrial settings as carport structure covers and also for industrial storage.

When it comes to domestic usages, the list can go on and on. From vehicle shade ports to protect against UV rays and possible hail damage to sight screens for cricket pitches and swimming pool covers are available. Landpak furthermore manufactures shade netting for playground structures, kennels, patios, and gazebos.


The strong shade cloth is specifically applicable to agricultural and nursery applications to protect plants and animals from harsh weather conditions, birds, pests, and butterflies. The netting is made from virgin High Density Polyethylene with added UV inhibitors to protect against harmful effects of UV rays. The products are lock stitched to enhance stability and come with eyelets for easier set-up. Shade factors range from 20-80% and we make the cloth in sizes 3m by 50m, which can be customised to meet client requirements.

The cloths provide more than just shade and help to protect against temperature fluctuations, extreme windy conditions, hail and birds. Air surface evaporation is minimised, which helps to reduce fertilisation and irrigation costs. With the nets over crops, one will be able to spray the crops even in windy conditions. The shading can also be used over plastic tunnels to protect the plastic against weather elements and thus prolong the life expectancy of the plastic.  With the shade cloth, the farmer is able to manipulate the amount and quality of light to ensure optimal production.

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