These designs provide rain protection at a reasonable price with a minimum of internal supports wires. Covers of the same width are placed in the cradle many weeks before use. They are easily pulled over and tied off. If the weather is fine, the right side ropes are untied and the cover falls back into the cradle, and then tied off.
This makes it ideal for rain-sensitive crops such as cherries.
The frame work can be scaled down to suite other crops.
Metal framework with wooden pole and side braces.
Rain covers open, covers of the same width are placed along total tree row, lifted and placed into cradle, then tied in-place.
Ventilation gap. cover closed and tied off, covers slide back into cradle if not required.
Note: To save wire cutting through the trellis frame work, drill a hole through the cross arm, weld a nut to one side, then twist plastic pipe into the nut, that acts as a holder. The wire will never cut through the metal frame work.
Instead of drilling a hole through the pipe, weld a nut on the bottom edge.
Instead of the covers being placed into holders on either row side, they could be fixed under each wire with O rings.
The covers are pulled with ropes to open and close as and when required, spaced between each rain cover support pole.
A 1m section of rain cover placed onto the top wires, along the top of each support pole, as a sun protection zone and storage area when closed.
Only right side shown with pull ropes attached at 10m long each cover. 20m + - rain cover lengths.