Am I right in thinking that with the clove hitch you are talking about going with webbing from the hammock, around the tree, and securing the hammock to the tree using a clove hitch?
You'll have to forgive me for not going back and rereading everything, slow interent connection where I am at now.
Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".