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21 April 2023

Does soil type matter when choosing anchors for hail nets and rain caps?

Does soil type matter when choosing anchors for hail nets and rain caps?

If you are a grower using hail nets and rain caps to protect your crops, it is crucial to anchor them properly for effective protection. A common question from growers is whether soil type affects how hail nets and rain caps should be anchored. The answer is yes: soil type is an important factor in choosing the right anchors and materials for your hail nets.

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For example, if the ground is sandy, standard anchors may not provide sufficient grip. In that case, extra-long anchors may be needed that can be anchored deeper into the ground to provide the right stability. In clayey soil, it may be more difficult to get anchors well into the ground, but screw anchors are often suitable. Soil types with a lot of stones can also cause problems with anchors, with clap anchors such as torpedo and rambo anchors often being the solution.

How much tensile force should an anchor be able to hold?

Anchors for hail nets should be able to hold at least 2.5 tonnes of tensile strength, while foil canopies need more resistance with a required tensile strength of 3 tonnes. Choosing the right anchoring method for your hail nets is vital to ensure strength and prevent damage to crops, property and surroundings.

Besides soil type, there are other factors to consider when choosing the right anchors, such as climate, weight of nets and spacing of anchors. It is wise to seek advice from the supplier of your hail nets or a specialist company to determine the most appropriate anchoring methods and materials based on the soil type of your site.

Choosing the right anchoring method for your hail nets is vital to ensure strength. Incorrect anchoring can lead to damage to your crops, your property and even the environment. In addition, it can also lead to extra costs and effort to replace and repair damaged nets.

Besides soil type, there are other factors to consider when choosing the right anchors for your hail nets. The following are some of the most important factors:

Climate: The climate in your region may influence the choice of anchors for your hail nets. For example, if your region often experiences strong gusts of wind or heavy snowfall, it may be necessary to use anchors specially designed to withstand these conditions. Regions with heavy rain can make the ground so soft that the ground no longer offers resistance.

Weight of nets: The weight of the nets is also important when choosing the right anchors. Heavier nets such as shade nets need stronger and more robust anchors to provide the necessary stability, while lighter nets may be able to get by with lighter anchors.

Spacing between anchors: The spacing of the anchors is also important when choosing the right anchors for your hail nets. If the anchors are too far apart, it can lead to instability of the hail net and potentially damage your crops. Therefore, it is important to choose the right distance between anchors based on the size of your nets and the specific conditions at your site.

Short anchor distance from the post: If the anchor is placed too close to the post, it gives enormous force on the anchor. Watch the video to see this in a simple test.

Installation process: The installation process of anchors is also an important factor to consider. It is important to choose anchors that are easy to install and do not require too much time and effort. This can also affect the final cost of installation.

Costs: Finally, cost is also an important factor when choosing the right anchors for your hail nets. It is important to choose anchors that are suitable for your specific needs and affordable within your budget.

By taking these factors into account, you can choose the right anchors suitable for your specific situation. It is important to plan carefully and consult with a specialist company or the supplier of your hail nets to ensure that you choose the right anchors that will ensure safe and effective anchoring of hail nets and foil canopies.


Gerben van Veldhuizen - FruitSecurity Holland

Gerben van Veldhuizen

CEO & fruitprotection specialist

My mission is to help as many fruit growers as possible get a good harvest.
So that fruit damage can be prevented, no delivery problems occur, and fruit growers can harvest successfully!


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