Our backyard grass was starting to die off from too much sun so to keep the grass alive without a using lot of water (Living in CA, we should try to keep our water usage down.), we decided to put in a sunshade.
We have a house with a separate garage and the yard is between the two, so the simplest solution was to sting up two ropes as an A frame and put cloth between the two. For the rope, we used paracord (relatively thin gauge nylon) and for the fabric we used simple cotton muslin. To mount the cord to the wall, we screwed in some brackets and tied in the cord. To mount the fabric to the rope, we tied knots into the rope and strips of seam binding were sewn into the edges of the fabric. The strips were tied around the knot and held up very well for the 6 months it has been up.
Now that the summer is over, we are taking the shade down and storing it in the closet until next summer in the hopes that we can retain some more backyard grass.