Shade cloth covering

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Hi all,

I was planning on building a shade cloth covering 30% for my more sun sensitive species. Are there any special considerations I need to take into account? I was basically planning on attaching some 4x4s to the edge of one of my benches and adding 2x4 cross beams on the top to drap the shade cloth over the bench. I would probably hang the cloth a couple feet about the tree tops.

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Make sure you are prepared for wind. Don't leave any loose flaps hanging. If you want to leave a loose edge hanging on the front, wrap it around a 1 x 1 and staple it so the wood prevents the flap from whipping around.
 

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sounds like a good idea, im doing something similar, I'm making a multi purpose sun/wind/rabbit deterrent barrier around my garden beds, going to be using perforated stainless steel and aluminum, attached to boarded frames. I have various hole patterns that allow for differnt open areas for more or less wind or sun.
 

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Consider using elastic ties to hold the screen to your frame. This allows the screen to give slightly to gusts of wind while remaining taut.

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Will the shade cloth work as an effective wind break as well as provide shading or would you need something less porous ?
 

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It cuts the wind significantly if you have side panels. I don't have an exact figure but I would estimate 80-90%.
 

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Keep in mind where the sun is during the hottest time of the year so you know which areas under the cloth are directly exposed in the hours leading up to noon. You might think your plant is in the shade when it is really not. I have a shade cloth facing east on only a part of my shade house for extra sensitive or small plants so these never get exposed to direct rays even when the sun is extremely low in the mornings or evenings.
 
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I was planning on building a shade cloth covering 30% for my more sun sensitive species.
If we have an area we need to have sun sensitive plants in that receives full East, West, or East and West full sun we use 70 percent shade cloth. At 30 percent the change is insignificant in those conditions. The bungee type fasteners, grommets and side protection as @Bonsai Nut suggested are also a consideration not to be ignored - do right the first time, it is less frustrating and less expensive in the long run. I can only add getting precut to size sections of cloth hemmed at the edges, with grommets, in multiple colors is a lot less expensive then one might think.

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@Bonsai Nut What is the name of that shade mesh?
It isn't mine - that was a cut and paste from the Internet.

My shade cloth I bought in pre-cut panels from CostCo, but if I had to do it all over again I would buy custom-sized to get exactly what I needed.
 

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Bonsai nut -Where can I buy custom sized shade cloth?
Live in the central valley and my maples are either going to get fried in the back where shade cloth is needed or I perfect morning sun in the front but it's just a porch and it's just a matter of time someone's going to steal em.
 

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Bonsai nut -Where can I buy custom sized shade cloth?
Live in the central valley and my maples are either going to get fried in the back where shade cloth is needed or I perfect morning sun in the front but it's just a porch and it's just a matter of time someone's going to steal em.
This is where I get them, I like the Aluminet cloth helps reflect some of the nasty UV rays we experience here at high altitudes.
It seems they have some of the best prices as well.
http://www.shadeclothstore.com/?wcw=google&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjobl2Oat4QIVNRh9Ch3ZGQl_EAAYASAAEgKvRPD_BwE
 

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We’re moving back into our house in about 2 months following a rebuild over the past year. The house is modern, and the side yard that I am using for this hobby gets blasted by afternoon sun largely from the side.

Was thinking of using an airy slatted fence (such as the attached examples) instead of shade cloth; maybe something that is hinged to allow it to fold down in the cooler months. Anyone using something similar?

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We’re moving back into our house in about 2 months following a rebuild over the past year. The house is modern, and the side yard that I am using for this hobby gets blasted by afternoon sun largely from the side.

Was thinking of using an airy slatted fence (such as the attached examples) instead of shade cloth; maybe something that is hinged to allow it to fold down in the cooler months. Anyone using something similar?

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I moved into a new house and am considering something similar. I have seen a few examples of slatted shade protection but always overhead. I would worry that a setup like this would need to be extremely tall to accommodate mid-late afternoon sun. This all depends of course on the height of your trees and your benches.
 

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In place of shade cloth, could one use that plastic lath fencing like this. I read somewhere that they used to use lath fencing back when for the dappled sun affect. Sturdy, could be held on with bungees, and long lasting. Just wondered as I need something also.
 

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In place of shade cloth, could one use that plastic lath fencing like this. I read somewhere that they used to use lath fencing back when for the dappled sun affect. Sturdy, could be held on with bungees, and long lasting. Just wondered as I need something also.
Yeah, I have thought about using something modular like that. I don't need covering in the spring or fall but middle of summer in North Carolina I need to help for my maples.
 
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Which shade cloth do you guys use for seedlings? ive alot of germinating JM but in the greenhouse is getting a bit to warm and they seems to be not very happy in direct sunlight.
Thanks in advance
 

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