You can protect your legs from ticks by using nothing but an old pair of socks.
Take a pair of socks that are worn at the toe, and cut the toes off straight across. Next, put these altered socks on over your regular pair of socks, but pull them up high so the cut toe is located over the elastic ankle band of your good socks.
Now you can tuck your pant legs in the top of the cut-off pair. This way, ticks won’t have access to your skin, plus you won’t stretch out the tops of all your good socks.