How can I fix too much sun in backyard?

by Dee
My yard has too much sun all summer. the super sunny area is about 16 feet long by 8 feet wide. It is adjacent to a covered 16 foot bar area. Any ideas?

  8 answers
  • Alice Alice on Jul 01, 2018

    If you're going to live there for very long I would consider planting some trees. My backyard faces the West, so I understand what you mean when you say too much sun !!!

    • Shuganne Shuganne on Jul 01, 2018

      Alice has to be the expert on hot, living in Texas! Since the area is only 16 x 8 ft I'd suggest one tree, fast - growing for your area.

      If that's to long to wait, how about a canopy made of tent canvas? You've seen those commercials for the canopy you crank out and then roll in, so it isn't exposed to so much rain and wind gusts? You could do the same with two poles that you stand up, a machine screw or a hook to insert in the grommet of the tarp at each end. Attaching the other end of the tarp to the covered bar area with heavy-duty hooks would make a 2 minute job of getting shade. I'll bet it gets hot down in Florida, with a day's worth of sun heating that area! Right now in Chicago, we've got a hot baking sun, but probably less humidity. Enjoy your summer, Dee!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 01, 2018


    Shade Sail


  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 01, 2018

    Until you plant your tree, you could use a large Shade Sail", anchored to tall, sturdy posts.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 01, 2018

    You could build a long narrow pagoda there, this allow sun in when you want it, or set up a gazebo 8 foot by 8 foot. There are also sun shades you can hang to break up the hot sun

  • Dee Dee on Jul 01, 2018

    Shade sail may be the solution. Unfortunately my entire yard is cenent! I will post pic so you all can get an idea!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 01, 2018

    If you live in Florida please look on the internet "". They have a complete list of fast growing trees. But also Look at the list of 12 trees that are not allowed in Florida (outside). But for quick shade I agree go with the sail cloth. Or they have ready to make covered and screened outdoor pavilions.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 01, 2018

    Thank you

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 05, 2023

    A shade sail would do the job.