making shade where there currently is none.
I am sort of backwards of what this forum is about. I have many oaks in my yard, but they aren't big enough to shade everything under their branches quite yet. I planted all of them for shade. I have 2 Rhodo0dendron Maximum that I planted under 2 oak trees. I have been using 2 milk crates for shade, each of the 2 covered with a crate. The Rhodies like this shade, but it will be 2 or 3 years until the oaks can cover them. The Rhodies are on the south side of the trees and about 5 feet from the trunks. The Rhodies may be okay with the milk crates this year but will be getting taller. I water them with a hose because the crates stop rain from soaking to the soil around their bases. I want to plant another in an area that is too sunny, how can I provide shade in full sun until the trees do their job?