Best Trellis Clips for Orchards, Berry Canes, & Vines
Increasing efficiency is a desire for all farmers, whether they grow apples, berries, or any other crop. One big way that orchard owners can boost the productivity of their employees is by using fruit tree trellis systems that are easy to use and quick to install.
Here at Evans Manufacturing, we’re passionate about helping farmers across Canada and the United States maximize their labor, so we partnered with Canadian farmers Irene and Ludwig Gohly on their innovative trellis clip design, the Universal Trellis Clip.
Now we mass manufacture the Universal Trellis Clip to help farmers everywhere reduce labor costs, grow healthy trees, and minimize time spent on trellis maintenance.
We offer two Universal Trellis Clips:
Small trellis clips; 2 ½” wide
Large trellis clips; 3 ½” wide
That said, as a custom manufacturing company, we also have the capability to fabricate custom trellis clips, so if you need a different geometry or size, get in touch with us and we’ll work with you to create the ideal trellis clip for your orchard or farm.
Universal Trellis Clip Advantages
Our trellis clips are maximally efficient, requiring 1-2 seconds to install, lasting for the life of the tree, and resistant to high winds, storms, and other environmental disruptions.
The many advantages of our trellis ties come from their intuitive design.
Each trellis clip is made from a single piece of wire, curved into a “U” shape. The left side of the clip features a horizontal eye, while the right side ends in a vertical eye.
To install, simply place the horizontal eye beneath your trellis line and then rotate the clip to the right, clipping the vertical eye over the top of the trellis line. After a few minutes of practice, this whole movement should take less than one second.
The design of the two eyes, one vertical and the other horizontal, locks the clip in place, keeping it firm and pointing in whatever direction you install it. This is ideal for young trees, berry canes, vines, and other plants that require firm support to grow properly.
Additional advantages include:
- No tools required to install the Universal Trellis Clip.
- A simple, intuitive design that’s easy for fieldhands to use.
- Our durable trellis clips are reusable.
- Can hold a wide variety of crops, including fruit trees, berry canes, vines, and more.
- Can also hold irrigation tubing.
- Pairs seamlessly with most trellis wire and tree guides.
- Is cheaper than competing trellis clips and reduces labor costs, saving your farm valuable resources.
The Universal Trellis Clip is patented in the USA and Canada and is used by farmers around the world.
How to Use Trellis Clips
Our durable trellis clips are ideal for high density orchard systems that use steel wire trellis line and metal tree guides to encourage tree growth and support the weight of apple crops.
An apple tree supported by a trellis system from planting time will produce 30% or more crop than a tree without trellis support.
Wire trellis systems are superior to individual tree stakes for many reasons, including:
- Trellis systems deliver more crop yield.
- Wire lines and Universal Trellis Clips keep trees from twisting in the wind, reducing branch breaks.
- Wires offer many more options for branch positioning.
Now that you understand why wire trellis systems are preferable, here’s a brief explanation of how to construct one and how to use our wire trellis ties to promote tree growth and yield.
Step 1. Install Your Posts
When constructing a high-density apple trellis, or “fruiting wall,” the first step is to install your end posts, in-line posts, and tie back posts.
These form the backbone of your trellis and will help your trellis line weather storms and heavy crop loads.
End posts should be driven 4’ into the ground and the height should be slightly taller than your desired tree height.
Anchor posts should also be driven 4’ deep and should tip slightly away from the direction of pull.
In-line posts can be driven between 3-4’ deep and should be spaced roughly 30’ apart on flat terrain and closer on rolling fields.
Step 2. Attach Your Trellis Wire
With your posts in place, now it’s time to attach your trellis line.
For crop-heavy orchard systems, it’s recommended that you use high tensile, Class 3, 12.5 gauge galvanized steel wire for your trellis line.
A trellis wire should be run every 2-2.5’ up your posts and the pressure on your line shouldn’t exceed 200-250 PSI.
Step 3. Use Trellis Clips to Attach Trees to Trellis Wire
As your trees grow, use our Universal Trellis Clip to attach orchard trees to the trellis line.
Whenever the leader branch (vertical stem) reaches the next trellis line, use another trellis clip to hold the branch in place.
This will prevent tree movement and keep trunks straight, while also allowing room for trunk growth.
To promote the health of young trees and to keep freshly planted orchards safe from high winds and hail, we recommend pairing our trellis ties with Evan Manufacturing’s steel wire tree guides.