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Easy Protection from the Sun for Young or Sensitive Plants

By StaticAsh
July 15, 2014

Need a quick solution for protecting plants from harsh sun while they acclimate? Try shims!

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 14, 2014 6:41 PM CST
J.C. This is a wonderful idea, love it! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up And, once you don't need them anymore or if you don't want to bother storing them away for next season, they could be used in a wood burning fireplace ... as long as it's an untreated wood. Very cool Wall Art at that one link too. I couldn't get the photo's at the link for the wall covering but that sounds interesting as well.
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Name: J.c. S.
Kansas (Zone 6b)
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StaticAsh
Jul 14, 2014 7:00 PM CST
Thanks! And thank you everyone for all the acorns, I really appreciate them!
That's a good idea about using them in a fireplace. Thumbs up

I just checked and the wall covering picture still works for me, but here is another link to just the picture:
http://foundthispaintedthat.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/img_...
This picture and project is not mine, please refer to
http://foundthispaintedthat.wordpress.com/tag/cedar-shims/
for the proper crediting of the project and photo.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 14, 2014 7:05 PM CST
Oh, thanks for the link ... I really like that wall covering!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 14, 2014 7:21 PM CST
What a great idea J. C. And I do have some cedar roofing shingles that might work.
Thank you for the idea. Thumbs up
Name: J.c. S.
Kansas (Zone 6b)
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StaticAsh
Jul 14, 2014 8:08 PM CST
You're welcome Lin, I like it too. I'm considering doing a wall with something similar (except on an angle instead of horizontal). Sticking tongue out

Thanks Lynn. Yep, cedar shingles will work just as well. I almost considered mentioning them when I was writing the article. The only reason I didn't is due to shingle bundles being more expensive and harder to store than shims. Thumbs up

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 14, 2014 10:04 PM CST
I agree, but since I have them sitting around, may as well use them. Big Grin
Name: J.c. S.
Kansas (Zone 6b)
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StaticAsh
Jul 15, 2014 12:42 AM CST
Indeed! and Agreed! Sticking tongue out
Plus, you can cut them easily
to the width you need.

Whew, so close to an accidental haiku... Hilarious!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 15, 2014 11:59 AM CST
Hilarious!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 15, 2014 1:01 PM CST
Here I use plasic crates...screens from all directions, because in summer small plants need all the protection they can get, the intensity of the sun here is horrific and can damage plants in one hour, sometimes it can kill the plant in one day. Enough water is crucial, also.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
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LindaTX8
Jul 15, 2014 1:01 PM CST
Here I use plasic crates...screens from all directions, because in summer small plants need all the protection they can get, the intensity of the sun here is horrific and can damage plants in one hour, sometimes it can kill the plant in one day. Enough water is crucial, also.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 16, 2014 9:08 AM CST
Very well done, J.C. Thumbs up

Thanks for the great ideas!
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Name: J.c. S.
Kansas (Zone 6b)
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StaticAsh
Jul 16, 2014 10:51 AM CST
You're very welcome! nodding

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