How to Build a Backyard Greenhouse


For major nurseries and plant growers, having a greenhouse is essential. Greenhouses not only drastically expand growing potential, but they are a great excuse to learn something new! If you have the desire to grow vegetables year-round or you want to experience the joy of nurturing exotic plants, try building a backyard greenhouse.

Not sure where to get started? Don’t worry. It’s a learning process. Pioneer Landscape Centers is here to help! Follow our brief guide on building your very own backyard greenhouse, no matter how big or small.

Backyard Greenhouse Building Basics

Thankfully, you don’t need a huge budget to get started with building your own backyard greenhouse. Lifehacker suggests a starting price range of just $50 to get started with your first greenhouse. A couple of landscape materials you’ll need:

  • PVC Pipe
  • Rebar
  • Plastic plywood scraps
  • Wood for construction
  • Covering and doors of your choice
  • Recycled building materials
  • Drywall screws and fence posts

These are the basic landscape materials you’ll need to get started. The key to an inexpensive project is knowing how to recycle and reuse. This is often one of the most challenging and fun parts of the process. Get resourceful!

Once you have your landscape materials ready, you can begin construction of your backyard greenhouse.

A Note on Greenhouse Coverings

The covering is one of the most essential and vital elements to the functionality of your greenhouse. You need something that is not only going to provide warmth and help your seedlings thrive, but something that will also endure wind and harsher weather climates. No matter where you live, a backyard greenhouse needs to be able to remain standing after a storm.

Look into polycarbonate greenhouse panels. This is one of the best systems for providing ample covering for your backyard greenhouse.

Extra Considerations

A cover isn’t all that you’ll need in order to have a thriving greenhouse. You need to consider temperature as well. Naturally, you do want your greenhouse to be on the warmer side, but not too hot. Heating and air conditioning are both a requirement if you want your greenhouse to run smoothly.

Don’t worry about racking up extra cost, either. Proper ventilation can be cheaper than you think. In fact, you can start with shutters and fans while you’re getting started. Give yourself time to adjust and grow as you go. Pace yourself!

There are other bells and whistles you can eventually install for your greenhouse as well. For example, you can invest in a climate monitor, which actively moderates the conditions inside. You can also work with your local landscaping company to customize products that work well with your needs.

Invest in Quality Supplies and Service Today!

At Pioneer Landscape Centers, we’re all about making the best out of your yard. Whether you’re looking for landscaping assistance, or you need ways to transform your yard into something spectacular, we are here to help. For more information about our inventory and service packages, please contact us online or give us a call at 866-525-4079. We look forward to watching your greenhouse grow!