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Best trellis wire gauge?

which gauge wire is best for building a trellis for black berries

In the beginning we used 12 gauge galvanized wire for trellis support because someone had given us what was left of a roll.

After several years of experimentation I'm ready to say 14 gauge wire is easier to work with and seems to be more than strong enough.

I might switch back to 12 gauge if our rows were longer, but we don't have any large scale orchard plans like that.

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I am using 14 gauge and U Posts to hold up my tomatoes this year. 12 gauge seems like it would be over kill. I find the 14 gauge to be quite stiff and hard to work with compared to 17 gauge.
Comment by RDG Mon Jun 25 06:45:22 2012
RDG --- I suspect different gauges are better for different kinds of trellises. For example, grapes and kiwis might grow big branches that always stay on the same trellis, which would be a reason to use heavy duty wire. But with brambles and other fruits where you prune out canes every year, a really thin wire seems to do the trick!
Comment by anna Mon Jun 25 19:30:50 2012

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