The Q&A Archives: How to make a temporary shade structure

Question: I have raised bed of daylilies that the need protection from the intense FL sun in the summer if I want to hybridize with these plants. Can you develop a project for a temporary shade structure using PVC pipes and fittings to keep the cost down? I am on a very limited budget with very little free spending cash so I have to do things as inexpenively as I can.

Answer: Probably the easiest and least expensive way to shade your daylilies is by fashioning a simple hoop structure with PVC pipes and then draping sunscreen, burlap or even Reemay row cover over the hoops. Cut the pipes to the proper length and stick both ends in the ground to make a hoop. Repeat every 3-4' along the length of the row of daylilies and then cover with sun shade material, securing the fabric to itself with a staple gun. Or, you can place PVC pipe poles in the ground and attach grommets to the fabric and secure it to the tops of the pipes. Good luck with your project!

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