Welcome from Greenville, SC.
Don't be afraid to use the good old blue plastic tarp from Walmart-Home Depot-Lowes. I do (although I swear I hear snickering from the better equipped hammockers) and it works great. That said, I am in the process of sewing up my own full-size silnylon tarp.
There is tons of information here and all you have to do is look it up or ask.
There are also many group "hangs" that get proposed and announced on this site. (CLICK HERE FOR THAT)
You will find folks that are very friendly and free with information if you go to one- even if you don't stay overnight. In fact, the biggest problem you might have is getting them to stop! We love our gear and talking about it....even if it is blue and from Harbor Freight!