My beautiful three story high mimosas is no more,so my shade to the south is largly gone.
I have a pear tree strategically planted,but it years from giving shade.
I've come up with running a "clotheslines" and stringing
radiant barrier insulation along it. Weight affixed to the bottom would keep the insulation vertically oriented for the most part.
Alternately pvc frames could hold the barrier more firmly,or instead of the relatively thick radiant barrier you could used 2 mil reflective Mylar as the "screen" in a replacement screen kit.
Another option would be to build a simple arbor/trellis in front of your patio. Plant perennial vining plants, like hardy kiwi vines &/or grapes &/or blackberries &/or passionfruit. Or plant some annual vining plants like beans &/or peas &/or squashes. While they are still growing, attach some tarps to the trellis/arbor. You can fold the tarps upward as the plants grow. Once the plants reach almost to the top, remove the tarp and use it to cover firewood or a tool shed, or use it to throw dirt on when you're digging trenches for hugels (put the logs in the trench and then easily put the dirt on the hugel without worrying about the dirt getting lost in the grass). Tarps always seem to come in handy, so it's not like they're going to go to waste after the plants take over the trellis. Plus, tarps are cheep!
As for trees, the fastest thing I've planted in the last couple of years is Ash. I have a two yr old that is now at 8 ft, very straight with no limbs yet.
Amy Escobar wrote:Our Oregon summer seems to already be upon us and I'm ill prepared.We have a small south facing front lawn with big windows facing south. This is the area I am primarily concerned about, as all the heat just pours in and the front gets very dry from the heat of the pavement. I thought about sunflowers, but I'm really hoping for something fast fast fast. Could be plants, or something else. Any tips? I just hate it when there are no clouds, it makes me feel like I can't go outside.
Others have given some great ideas and here are a few more. I will only give planting ideas since others have mentioned other methods.
If you like beans, dried or fresh, beans grow incredibly fast, and will fill a trellis in just a few weeks, they will last all summer long too.
Mulberry trees grow at an incredible rate, ours are two years old and are 12 feet tall and have lots of branches, these will continue to grow for over 100 years.
Apple trees; there are a few varieties that are quick growers, Arkansas Black, yellow crisp are two varieties I know will grow around 4 feet per year in good conditions. These are full sized trees not dwarfs obviously.
Non edibles include English ivy, and don't forget climbing roses they are used for house shading in Ireland the ivy more so in England.
Planting for shade takes time, but it's worth it.
and creates a monoculture, like kudzu does when growing without being contained.
like the previous folks have offered,
over the years, i have utilized shade cloth, radiant barrier and even billboard tarp which is white on the
here are some resources for those items:
if you read reviews you will see how other folks have used them for similar.
i bought this size to drape it along my south and west facing walls, which get '
way over 100 degrees F most of the spring summer and fall.
i will use some 1/2 inch Schedule 40(uv sun resistant) pvc to hang it. some folks sew a pocket
and run the pipe through for the top rod.
some folks use double even the high % shade cloths,just to make sure they get the shade they need.
I will be using black UV rated Zip Ties. to attach it to pvc.
also already have much small rebar posts, so will use those to support vertical pvc's and connect
the top bar of pvc with pvc elbows.
since the pvc is kinda bendy, i will use two or three pieces strapped toogther for the uprights
and maybe even the horizontal pieces.
as my use is hanging it vertically this summer, i will hope to be able to slide it to the side. on the top rod in
the shady part of the day to allow more air flow into the house.
some folks build pergola kinds of forms to attach the cloth or radiant barrier.
most mylar is for indoor or moisture protected areas. DOes anyone use mylar outside? please let us know if you do
and what type you use
horticultural mylar rolls
a few worthwhile options for you!
i just happen to have the schedule 40 pvc frm another project, so am using itfor now.
it will be covered with the shade cloth, so hopefully will not be too much exposed.
Otherwise i would have gone with the galvanized conduit.
even 1/2 inch galvanized conduit is great for a project like this.