Building Trellis For Grape Vines

Home Vineyard Growing Wine Grapes at Home

Hello and welcome to my home vineyard Let's get a lay of the land. As you can see thisis just a simple side yard it's got about 55 feet of space long twentysix feet of space wide we elected to go with twenty twofoot long rows northsouth facing uh. the rows are spaced about five feet apartto give us ample space for the vines to grow

and for us to manage and walk through we are planting about four plants per row to give it plenty of space to spread out and grow for the rows, we used uh. just simple fenceposts these are eightfoot fence post sunk about threefeet deep we tried to go about two feet deep butit wasn't uh. it just simply wasn't stable enough so we went that extra foot for stability

the wire is fourteen gauge wire uh. we elected to go with the verticaltrellising partly because it was easier and partlybecause uh. the north south facing rows, it allow it to get sun at all hours of the day uh. we have a drip irrigation linesran along the bottom we will be using half gallon per hour drips two per plant that allows us to adjust the water

water flow and manage the irrigation a littleeasier than if we used a heavier flow we'll actually be planting syrah grapes because we tend to be in a warmer, drier climateduring the summer doing something like pinot noirwould require greater cooler temperatures. that sort of thing that's our vineyard. We'll be planting the grapes nextweek and we'll come back then.

Basics of a Grapevine Trellis

I'm Lee Tyre with the Northampton CountyCooperative Extension Service, and we're going to talk about constructing grape vine trellises. A grape trellis is a structure that holds the vines off the ground, allowing sunlight inevenly, and making management and harvesting of the grapes easier. There are several different types oftrellises. What we've constructed here today is a very simple one, what's called a “highcordon grape trellis�. The grapes we are training to the trellis today are an Americantype, and they prefer to grow downward. So

what we've done, is we are going to trainthe cordons, the heavy limbs of the grape vine,along the top wire here, and as they grow, they'll send laterals downward. And we'llprobably come in later and add a second wire, here below it. As you can see here, older, mature vines canbecome quite large, putting a good deal of strain on the trellis. Since we want thesestructures to last for a long time construction materials is an importantconsideration. You want to make sure you use materials that are resistant to decay, andcan support the weight of mature vines.

Once you have selected your materials, it'stime to begin construction. When setting your end posts, make sure they are anchored well.With a short trellis, this could be a 4� by 4� post sunk 2 to 3 foot into a clay soil. With longer runs, or looser soils, settingthe posts in concrete or additional bracing may be required. With a long enough run, evenvery large posts like this one require extra bracing to help support the load. Of course, the last main part of a trellis is the wire. Again, you want to select a heavyenough wire to support your vine for years

to come. In addition to the wire, think about adding a device to allow you to adjust thetension on the wire easily. Wires will sag with time, and something like a fence linetensioner, a turnbuckle, or other devices, will allow you to quickly, and easily adjustthe tension on your vine.

How to Fix a Trellis on a Stone or Brick Wall

Hi I'm Craig Phillips and welcome to my trade tips. Today I'm out in the garden, and I'm going to show you how you can fix trellis to a stone wall. The first stage is to find the location in your garden that is suitable for your plants. Offer it up against the wall and just put one mark on the brick when you are happy with the height. Using a 4mm wood drill piece I am going to drill a clearance hole through all four corners. This will allow the screw that I'm using to sail through. Now all four clearance holes are drilled in the trellis, I have chaged the setting on the drill to a 'hammer action' setting and I have used a masonry drillbit in here. So I am going to drill through the clearance hole and mark up for a pilot hole in the stonework.

Remeber when drilling any type of stonwork allways use your safety goggles. Once I have made my first mark into the stonework I can drill all the way. With this really tough stonework Ihave started off using a smaller masonry drillbit, just 6mm, that will act as a pilot drill and then I will put a larger one in there to make the right size hole for the irght size plug. Now the 8mm hole is drilled into the blockwork, I can apply a 8mm rall plug, I can push my screw through the clearance hole of the trellis. lift it into position. At first tighten it by hand, once it starts to bite. Take your drill and drive it in. Once you have got the one screw in it it will start to take the weight. As you can see the trellis will move at this point.

So it is ideal for getting your spirit level on, let the first screw take the weight, Get it perfectly level and mark it up with your pencil Around all four corners. Once you have got it perfectly level, then change the drill setting back to the hammer action, put a masonry drillbit in and drill through through your last three clearance holes. Then you can simply slide it away, put your plugs in and screw it firmly into position. So now the one screw is taking the weight of the trellis and holding it into position. I am now going to drill pilot holes through the other three clearance holes.

Mark the wall first Then I can simply slide the trellis to one side which will allow me then to drill the brick work. drilling Once you have got all four screws firmly screwed in to the corners, your trellis is now complete. All you have to do is decide what plants you want to grow on it. If you are planning any DIY tasks in the near future, you may need a little bit of advice on tools or some top DIY tips. Well visit silverlinetools .

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