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Cheapest place to buy shade cloth

Posted by agility_mom z9 AZ (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 12, 11 at 1:56

Since it looks like I will need lots of shade cloth the next couple of years to protect my new fruit trees, does anyone have a cheap source for this stuff?


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RE: Cheapest place to buy shade cloth

Well it depends on if you are talking row cover material or shade cloth. A lot of people use row cover for shade cloth. Real shade cloth is a lot more durable than row cover but real shade cloth is also a lot more expensive.

Here is a good source for row cover material in lots of different weights and sizes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Row Covers and Hardware


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Call Arizona Bag in Phoenix.. they always have remnants for sale also


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Gempler's is WAY less expensive ...

Az Bag was too expensive for us ... :(

Here is a link that might be useful: Gempler's Shade Cloth


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Thanks mangledmind, they have great prices on the real thing. I'm building a shade structure for my tomatoes and I think I just changed my mind on what to cover it with.


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  • Posted by pgde 9 Tucson AZ (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 13, 11 at 11:02

Which blocking percentage are you looking at in Gempler's?

I wonder which would be appropriate here in Tucson.

Thx,

P.


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RE: Cheapest place to buy shade cloth

thisisme,
you're welcome .... we went thru a similar thread here at GardenWeb last year when I asked the very same question ...

pgde,
we purchased the 50% and hinged grommets for here in Phoenix ...


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RE: Cheapest place to buy shade cloth

I purchased a 10'X12' 50% shade cloth. The order conformation said "Estimated to ship within 38 day(s)"

I sure hope it ships a lot sooner than that.

I have my own grommets and I ordered some 12" Ball Bungees from Amazon. I plan on attaching it to a structure made out of 2"x4" material that will shade the plants from the afternoon sun. It will also shade me from the afternoon sun while I'm picking tomatoes.


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we got the hinged grommets so we could use it over our 12'x12' gazebo that lost it's cheap import fabric a couple wind storms ago ... works great ...

they ship VERY fast ... ours only took about a week to arrive ...


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RE: Cheapest place to buy shade cloth

Thisisme, I am looking for shade cloth for this time but I am interested in the floating row cover at a later time to protect the trees from birds etc. I have used this stuff lots of time for starting and protecting my vegetables. It is great stuff. So, thank you for the site because I can use that in the near future.

mangledmind, what a awesome site. So many things that I can use beside the shade cloth! I am working on an order already :)

turtleman, what a great lead. I had never heard of this place before and will have to check this place out. The more resources the better.


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What percentage of shading do we need here in the Phoenix area?


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luvkuku keep in mind you only need shade cloth to protect from the afternoon sun. 40-50% is recommended. I went with the 60% because they were back ordered for over 30 days on both the 40% and 50% shade cloth. I figured if 100% shade from the afternoon sun is acceptable and 40-50% is recommended then 60% would also work.


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At the end of May, I put 50% shade cloth up over my entire enclosed structure so that it's shaded all day. 100 degrees at 10 or 11am is pretty intense sun.


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Thanks for the input. I will have to get some and try it for all the time, as I cant be taking it up and down every day.


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If I need to cut the shade cloth to fit, how do you secure the shade cloth to the poles, because the place I cut it won't have the pre-installed grommets there.


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i didn't want to deal with cutting or anything so i bought the knitted shade cloth at Catalogclearance.com. They seemed to have the best price. It's taped and grommeted with 10 year warranty. It was about $89 for 12' x 20'.


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Here is a link that might be useful: chinasinta cheap shade cloth


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I have redneck shade cloth this year. Old, white bed sheets have been working really well. I didn't want to invest since I'm hoping that next year will be my last summer in AZ!


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The 10'x12' 50% shade cloth I just got from Gempler's was a good price. Using a 15% off code found at retailmenot.com made it even better.


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Anyone try Aluminet Shade cloth? http://www.growerssolution.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=aluminet&Store_Code=GS

Would it reduce the heat inside with its reflective surface.


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Aluminet does, I have it on two of shade houses I use to harden off material coming out of the greenhouses, along with one of the houses I use for all my grafted seedlings, We recorded temps on average 7 to 9 degree cooler inside the houses... It reflects the frost/cold also.


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I just got 6ft of shade cloth at Lowes for $12. It's the same stuff they use above the garden center. I did have to ask an associate to cut off what I needed, but it was no biggie. They sell bigger pre-packaged ones for $30 too

I used the shade cloth to shade a peach tree. I used 4 fence posts I already had lying around to surround the tree, and secured the cloth with zip ties. It's working great, and cheap. I actually have enough shade cloth leftover to use on another tree, if needed.


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Would sunscreen material work out? I need to shade a Jacaranda that is growing back from being accidentally cut down, but the sun is burning the leaves off.

Figure I can build a large box from 2x2s and staple some sunscreen material to it.


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