Sunday afternoon we had some serious storms move through the Orlando area, with what is being called a 'microburst' hitting my neighborhood. Hurricane-force wind gusts caused quite a lot of damage. Now that the tree that punctured our roof is off the house and blue tarp in place until the roof can be re-constructed, I can begin addressing the collapsed shade structure over the pond. The shadecloth acted as a sail with the strong winds and pulled it over.
I am debating whether to re-build in the same manner, a wood structure with shadecloth, or go for a metal structure. The metal (aluminium) frame shadehouse (greenhouse with only shadecloth walls and roof) came through fine, as it did during the 2004 hurricanes. Wood is more attractive to my eye. Metal has proven stronger. As I ponder what to do, I figure it is a good time to hear from folks about how they shade their ponds, and the pluses and minuses they have experienced. So, what do you do, and how happy are you with it? How well does it perform in preventing leaves from reaching the pond?