Shade cloth

  • Shade cloth

    Posted by SusanTN on April 27, 2023 at 11:02 am

    I live in Tennessee and I’ve been reading and listening to individuals suggesting picking up shade cloth for this summer. They think that with the changing weather that the sun’s intensity is going to be even worse, and that we need to prepare to use shade cloth to help mitigate the damage from the sun this summer. Any thoughts on what percentage shade cloth? We should be using here in Tennessee. I’m in East Tennessee.

    Firedog11969 replied 2 weeks, 2 days ago 15 Members · 17 Replies
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  • citygreens

    April 27, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    I just received a 50% and a 30% shade cloth.

    This is the first time I have used a shade cloth. I am in southwest Texas. Wish you the best.

  • KatyYvette

    April 27, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    I am in Michigan. I use 40% shade cloths usually in July and August for tomatoes. Last year was the first year using them. Worked wonderful.

  • JerseyGiantChick

    April 27, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Is there a guideline for each zone, or how can you decide for the right shade cloth?

  • Orangeball

    April 27, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    I’m in NC and will be following this thread. I don’t even know where to buy shade cloth or how to install but I’ve got so many tomatoes in the ground and don’t want to lose them to the sun…

  • Hippocrates_Garden

    April 27, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    just one place, but any greenhouse / high tunnel / caterpillar tunnel suppler should have it.

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  • Hippocrates_Garden

    April 27, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    another thing to consider (and I got this during the Epic Tomato live, online course with Craig Lehouiller & Joe Lamp’l) is, shade cloth percentages can be cumulative. So if you say have a 30% and a 50% and put them on top of each other, you have approx 80%. Perhaps a bit of extra work, but could come in handy such as when initially hardening off. Two layers of 30% (one large cloth doubled over or whatever) gives 60% shade, remove one a few days later and it’s only 30%, then remove both for 0%. Or have 80, 50, 30 then zero, just depends on the need and how much work you wish to do changing them.

    • JerseyGiantChick

      April 27, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      That is a good trick and logical, but you must think of that.

      We are in zone 7b, 40 and 50 they said. Still not sure though, think 40 least and maybe ad a 10 or 20 just in case things get crazy.

  • Marthale7

    April 27, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    Being here in Florida I have come to the conclusion that I plant clumping bamboo and let that be my shade cloth. The problems I had with shade cloth was mold, and excess heat build up mid summer, can be useful in the spring and fall. Getting the right type of shade cloth useful, and know when to pull it off also helpful.

  • CherithCreek

    April 27, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    Related; a few years back, my wife and I were visiting Israel, and it was interesting to see entire orchards covered with shade nets, a very strange sight, but they have learned to produce things like bananas on a large scale, in the desert. The wilderness and the dry land will be glad; the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose. Isaish 35:1.

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    • FaithK

      April 27, 2023 at 6:15 pm

      Shade cloth in the desert can be so useful in so many ways. The way it is woven is ideal for what they call “fog farming”. Basically it’s the cloth stretched in a frame, and it catches water in the air overnight, goes down into a receptacle where it is filtered. Israel would be awesome for it because of the damp sea breeze that goes over the land. But it also works in the Saraha. It’s a great technology.

  • 1898_Homestead

    April 28, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    We are in Nebraska and summers are going to be brutal if they are like our first one here last summer.

  • Firedog11969

    April 29, 2023 at 1:48 am

    i’m also in east tennessee i used a 40% shade cloth last year and it really helped my tomato’s with the harsh sun i will be setting it up again this year also i got mine off of amazon don’t remember the link not here to make a profit off a link . just use the search for shade cloth’s you will have plenty to choose from .


      April 29, 2023 at 2:05 am

      Your doing good then. Best of luck to ya.

      • Firedog11969

        May 15, 2023 at 6:02 am

        thanks and good luck to you

  • Firefly

    April 30, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    Hi I’m in East Tennessee. Yes, I need one too. We did plant some drought resistant beans. But we still need a shade cloth.

  • stitchthrifty

    April 30, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Has anyone tried using fabric shade cloth – such as bed sheets? I bought a shade cloth and used it one summer and it was then trash. It was a loosely woven plastic material. It worked well but was made in china and very disposable. I would prefer something that was either not plastic or at least durable and useful for a few seasons. Also if you have any recommendations that would be great.

  • Gizmo

    May 2, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Good morning

    Danny from Deep South Homestead talked about shade cloth recently. In my opinion shade cloth falls into the arena of you get what you pay for. I worked for a greenhouse years ago. I remember we took great care of the shade clothes. If you want it to last for years I suggest making the investment in a professional grade one.

    • This reply was modified 4 weeks, 1 day ago by  Gizmo.