How to Use Shade Fabric & Protect Your Plants from the Extreme Summer Heat

Plants love the sun, in fact, they need the sun to live. However, too much sun can cause problems like sunburn and other things that are bad for your plants Fortunately shade fabric was designed to filter light instead of blocking it out completely. Shade fabric can help protect your plants from the burning scalding sun. When picking shade cloth for your garden it’s important to note that there are different choices to filter more or less light. Use 30% shade cloth for heat loving vegetables such as tomatoes or peppers in areas with very hot summers or where sun scald is a problem. For Spinach, Lettuce and Cole crops, use 47% in hot areas and 30% in Northern or coastal climates. Use 50-60% for shade loving plants. And then you can always use 80% over patios and sky lights to cool people as well as shade plants. Shade cloth is also used over green houses in summer to reduce the need for expensive ventilation. knitted shade cloth is light weight and resistant to unravelling. Woven shade cloth is the strongest material. Before installing, consider the position of your shade cloth So that it is most effective. For most gardeners this means installing it on the west side of the plant to block the sun during the hottest part of the afternoon. To install your shade cloth decide how you will be suspending it over your plants. If you have any anchor points you can use to attach the cloth such as trees, poles, roofs, or gazebos, you can use these to keep the cloth elevated over your plants. If there isn’t an anchor point nearby you can string your shadecloth up with some rope or install some hoops or bamboo supports in the ground closer to the plants. You can attach the shade cloth any number of ways. The easiest option is to use these clips which securely fasten to the fabric without tearing it and create a grommet which you can then tie onto or push a ground staple through. You can also custom order shade cloth with grommets in the fabric to reenforce it and prevent it from tearing. So keep your plants cool in the shade and Grow Organic for life!

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19 thoughts on “How to Use Shade Fabric & Protect Your Plants from the Extreme Summer Heat

  1. Very nice, I appreciate you & your work! Can you recommend bird netting over grapes and avocado trees and such? Thank you.

  2. ? – i learned about nolo from your video.. i have a horrible grasshopper problem, have you been successful with nolo?

  3. Thanks! this video really helped! I'm planning on starting a garden and even in January southern CA can be pretty hot depending where you live

  4. Hi, do these mesh sheets catch the wind at all? I was thinking of setting up a patio cover, and I'd like to try a to layer a few sheets of mesh with spacing in between them so that I can have more shade but less wind damage than a fabric-style sheet.

  5. I been doing this for the last 7 years, I notice the sun rays hotter and hotter each year, the gamma rays are burning up ? plants, grounds,poor little animals and birds. This is sad government is hiding what’s coming before the ice age, god help us all

  6. Tomatoes self pollinate. Tomatoes (fruit) burns when too hot in the direct sunlight, thus, shading is needed. Flowers will burn up in high heat fallor off in cold weather. Ideal temp is between 55°—85° Below and above that, affects setting the fruit, either not pollinating or flowers fall off thus no fruit. Too much humidity affects the pollination, also. Some tomatoes are more heat tolerant than others. Some are cool climate types. It is good to get a list of those so you can grow what is best in your area.

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