Shade Nets are lightweight knitted Polyethylene fabrics which are brought in use to bring about the protection from sun’s heat and the ultraviolet radiations which we or the plants might be exposed to unknowingly. Shade net is used in many different applications in the domestic, horticulture, commercial, industrial, sport, leisure, and agriculture industries.

Shade cloth is usually made of high-density polyethylene, warp-knitted, and can be found in varying densities or degrees of shade from approximately 30% to 95%.  All shade cloth is water permeable so that rainwater, sprinklers, and irrigation systems can keep your plants hydrated.

Shade net density in percentages

Shade cloth is woven or knitted in different densities. We call the densities of Shade Cloth Percentages. The difference in percentage lets different amounts of sunlight penetrate, which means that the percentage of shade cloth you choose, blocks out that percentage of the sun. Therefore, what you grow will help determine the percentage of shade cloth you need. 

Usually a shade percentage of 30-50% is ideal for vegetables, while 80-90% is ideal for sheltering people.  Most plants will do best with a maximum of 40% – 60% shade. However, when growing some shade loving plants such as orchids and some ferns, 75% or higher may be needed to get correct light levels.

The most important aspect of choosing the right density of knitted shade cloth is that it should be applicable to the area where we live; higher percentage shade cloth in the hot areas and lesser percentage in less hot areas.


50% is suitable for; 75% is suitable for;
  • nursery stock 
  • cabbage
  • peppers
  • lettuce
  • some Orchid varieties
  • potted plants
  • orchids
  • some ferns
  • large olive trees
  • Protection barriers on buildings
  • Use as silt fencing
  • Use as awnings
  • Use as livestock shading
  • Use as domestic shading


Different ways to make use of shade nets

  1. Vegetable nurseries.
  2. Orchards and farms, in order to protect plants from intense sunlight, as well as insects and birds.
  3. It is also used for shading purposes in general, and in different colors, inside homes, exhibitions and swimming pools
  4. In various maintenance works inside real estate and residential complexes, to reduce falling residues and dust.
  5. Within the different packaging processes of goods, when they are shipped, whether by land, sea or air.
  6. It is also an ideal material for covering sports fields; It blocks the view from the outside, and reduces the strength of the wind and the reflection of the sun.
  7. It is of great importance in animal husbandry areas to protect them from extreme heat, especially during the summer.

Benefits of using shade nets in plants

  • Reduce the temperature during the day, and keep part of it at night.
  • Provide suitable and sufficient shade ratios to protect plants from sunlight.
  • Reduce the intensity of light, so that it reaches levels at which plant photosynthesis is at its best.
  • Prevent fogging and dripping, especially inside greenhouses.
  • Saving on the amount of water used in agriculture, since it reduces evaporation rates, and therefore the amount of water lost in plants.
  • Facilitating the harvesting of various fruits and fruits, for example, they prevent nuts, almonds and olives from falling on the ground, which means obtaining high-quality fruits and oils.
  • Multiple sizes of shade netting rolls are also available, which facilitates and speeds up the installation process.
  • Special bags are made from them to protect grapes, bananas and dates from insects, and to prevent these fruits from falling off.


Mazero Agrifood provides good types of shade nets which are characterized by durability, and non-susceptibility to tearing when exposed to the sun or strong winds, and it lasts for long periods. We also have a team of qualified personnel who help farmers in the installation process. Contact 0729777711 for any inquiries.

3 comments on “Shade Net Percentages and Uses

  1. Impressed by explanation of shadenet benefits

    We need to replace greenhouse in hotter ASAL areas with shadenets

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