Will a trelis built against the side of the house with all vinyl siding
damage the house? I just got some climbing roses and didn't really plan
ahead where to grow them. The side of the house with lots and lots of empty
space gets full sun and is perfect for roses except for the sloping grade
which may lead to watering problems, but I've got a fancy dancing-water
sprinkler I'm going to set up permantly to keep it irrigated. #1, should I
keep the trelis away from the siding, and #2, should I redesign the garden
that slopes downhill into a stair-step type design for irrigation reasons?
It'd be a lot of work, but I've seen it done and it'd be do-able.
Moisture trapped against a house, even one sided in vinyl, can lead to
internal rot. Vinyl isn't maintainence free, despite the salespersons
claims. Also, roses need good air circulation. YOur best bet would be to
have a separate STURDY trellis a couple of feet from the house and plant
your rose to use that as support. Yes, the slope will cause problems, and
yes, you need to terrace it properly. If you don't know what you're doing on
that one, you can cause even worse drainage problems or erosion. Get a
professional opinion, even if you end up doing the work yourself.
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