I am trying to build an arbor with just two posts for a wisteria that seems
to be healthy and growing this spring (Zone-5, OHIO- Cincinnati's Northern
Suburb). I just put in two posts on either side in concrete. Now- I have to
put the top structure to carry the vines. Can any one suggest a simple plan
for a novice with no extensive wood working equipment?
Wood, unless it's pressure treated, shouldn't be in direct contact with
concrete. Use a saddle, like they use for deck posts.
Remember that you need hot dipped or stainless fasteners for ACQ wood,
and that the load you're planning is not just some fairly heavy climber, but
wind load as well.
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Instead of a complete structure, consider wire rope. See my
<http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_grapes.html for how I did this for
grape vines. In my case, I had two vines and three posts. You can
modify this arrangement for a single vine and two posts. I will be
doing that when my slipped hill is repaired; the restored landscape will
have a third vine by itself.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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