I've been lurking for a while but this is my first post. I'm also new to hammock camping.
I'm trying to start out simple and wanted a tarp that would work well for either ground use or hanging. I'll make my first hammock soon, probably a simple gathered-end version to test my as-yet undeveloped thread injector skills. However, I'm fairly sure that there are places I'll camp where hammocks are not feasible, such as Florida state parks. Hence the need for a multi-use tarp. I don't anticipate any cold-weather camping.
I looked at dejoha's article on tarps and found it very informative. I'm wondering if I could go with a rectangular tarp which can be pitched symmetrically for ground use and asymmetrically for hanging, or do the dimensions work out? I assume that a hex/cat cut would work for both uses, right?
I'll also need a no-seeum net capable of handling Everglades sand flies, to cover the entire area under the tarp when in ground mode. (The Everglades species can approach lethal ferocity.) It needs to be large since I might be trapped there for a couple of hours in the late afternoon if the critters are really hungry. I'd thought of a ray-way net tent but I'd be carrying extra weight (the floor) when I don't need it and don't think it would work well over a hammock. How would something like the net portion only of a ray-way net tent work? Zipper on one end, zipper or sewn shut on the other, intended to drape to the ground over a ground cover in ground mode and hang over or clip to the ridgeline when hanging?
You can tell by my questions that I'm extremely new to this and would appreciate any information you could provide. I've searched a good bit but haven't found what I'm looking for but that may be due to my lack of search skills.