I'm in the middle of the country, in Kansas. Not a lot of trees. Most of the tarp camping setups always show camping in the woods. Wanting to try tarp camping, but I'll be mostly in areas without a lot of trees and those around would be smallish, mostly. At this time of year, we're very likely to have winds from the south. My initial thought was to do a plough point setup with the open side facing due north. But, would there be any better setups instead and why?
It's easy to set up a tarp with either one or two walking sticks.
Nice weather tarp: Peg one side to the ground. Put the tip of the walking stick through a grommet on the side adjacent to the pegged side. Peg the next corner. Run a guy line from the top of the stick to front.
Repeat for back end. Adjust.
Bad weather coming from known direction
Peg down the corner in the direction of the coming storm. This is the Windward corner W.
Peg down one adjacent corner.
Peg down the other adjacent corner, but pivot using W toward the kitty corner so that the tarp isn't flat. Raise the leeward corner and stake with your walking stick. Adjust the kitty-corner pegs if needed.
Seriously bad weather.
Peg down two corners toward the storm.
Walking stick at the midpoint corner at the other side. Guy out the walking stick.
Adjust the height of the walking stick so the remaining two corners just touch the ground. Peg them there.
This is the best setup for snow.
Using two walking sticks as a bi-pod is more stable.
Some of these are really low. Use your pack to support the low end so that the tarp doesn't touch your sleeping bag.
A walking stick run to its short length, with point in the ground, and spare pair of socks or a cup over the end to protect the tarp will also work, but is less stable.
In campgrounds, throw your tarp over a picnic table.
Or tie one corner to the roof rail of your car, and another to the front bumper.