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Evan’s Orchard Products

A Stabilizing Orchard Hardware Solution for Future Farmers

Affordable Orchard Hardware Suppliers

Farmers are always searching for practical and more efficient ways to do their job.

An experienced apple grower named Ludwig Gohly designed the Universal Trellis Clips to reduce the time and money he spent on his orchard located in Osoyoos, British Columbia.

Evans Manufacturing Company began working alongside Ludwig, manufacturing the Universal Trellis Clip not only for his orchard, but to benefit many other farmers. We work closely with local farmers to develop innovative products that promote healthy crops and easy harvesting.

Original Intent

The original intent of the clip or “hook” was for apple tree support and irrigation lines, but it is by no means limited for this purpose. Our products are being successfully used for other fruit trees, along with berry canes and vines.

We manufacture a large and small hook. The wire used for the hooks contain a special galvanized coating that bonds to the metal at the atomic level. Because of this, the clips are corrosion resistant for many years allowing them to be reused.

Ease of Use

Using the hook is very efficient. It requires only one hand to attach the clip or “hook” to the trellis wire, leaving the other hand free to support the tree in its place.

Once connected to the wire, the hook keeps the tree standing firm, even when windy. Not only is it easy and fast, the hook is more economical than other products on the market. Since the time spent in the orchard is reduced, labor costs are lower.

No tools are required or recommended for using the clip. Removal of the hook is just as easy when removing trees or switching hook sizes for larger trees.

Since 2010, we at Evans Manufacturing Company have been producing the Universal Trellis Clip in Arlington, WA, continuing Ludwig’s business mission that farmers have the products they need to do their job efficiently when they need them.

Our clips are used around the world and have given farmers the competitive edge they need in today’s world market

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.

The Universal Trellis Clip

Our easy-to-use trellis clips provide a number of advantages, including:

  • Designed to support apple trees, berry canes, and vines
  • A simple, intuitive design that’s easy for fieldhands to use.
  • Pairs seamlessly with most trellis wire and tree guides.
  • Holds irrigation tubing
  • Saves time and installation costs
  • Requires no tools
  • Reusable
  • Is cheaper than competing trellis clips and reduces labor costs, saving your farm valuable resources
  • Patented in the USA and Canada

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.

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.

Orchard Hardware Tree Guides

In addition to trellis clips, we also offer a series of intuitive tree guides. From loose temporary guides to robust hail-netting support guides, our orchard supply shop has all the equipment you need to help your trees grow straight. 

Benefits of Our Orchard Garden                Supply Tree Guides

Some of the advantages delivered by our leading orchard supplies include:

  • Provides a stiff, but flexible support for training of young branches or trees
  • Saves time and installation costs
  • Customized length and order quantities, based on your orchard needs
  • Replaces Bamboo
  • Reusable
  • Patented

Our Four Types of Tree Guides

with Install Videos

Type A: Loose Fit

Our Type A tree guides have a gap at the top that allows you to easily snap them into position on your trellis wire. This guide should be installed on the same side of the trellis wire as the tree and no tools are required for installation.

This guide pairs easily with our Universal Trellis Clip, with the clip going around the guide and tree. Once your tree reaches the top of your guide, simply twist and pull your guide off the trellis wire and reinstall it on a new planting.

Type B: Firm Fit

Our Type B orchard hardware features a tighter fit than our Type A guides. These guides are designed to stay in place for the entire life of the tree, so are secure, firm, and lock in place.

This piece of apple orchard supplies needs to be installed on the opposite side of the trellis wire as the tree and should be locked in place by looping one end of our Universal Trellis Clip around both the wire and the guide.

Type C: Extended Fit

Our extended fit tree guide is ideal for taller trees that require support throughout the duration of their life. Because this guide is so long, it needs to be attached to the trellis wire in three places and is locked in place using the same trellis clip method described in the Type B description.

In addition to height and locking requirements, another difference between our Type C orchards hardware and our Type A & B guides is that Type C guides lack the snap-in-place loop at the top of the guide. Instead, this guide has a loop in the middle that hangs off the middle trellis wire. This provides stronger support throughout the guide and helps the wire hold up under the weight of apples

Type D: Hail Netting

Our Hail Netting tree guide is nearly identical in design and installation to our Type C guides. The only difference is that our Hail Netting orchard supplies come with a loop at the top to provide support for orchard hail netting.

For all your orchard supply needs, contact Evans today or Order Now.

Tree Guide Installation

Here is a short video clip to help you understand how to install the Evans Manufacturing Tree Guide using Evans’ Universal Trellis Clip.

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