I am putting a Distictis (Rivers) vine against a stucco garage wall. Price
s for trellises are a factor, since I understand this vine spreads horizont
ally as well as vertically, so I would need to buy at least three,
As an alternative, I checked "netting" -- to use a loose term - and see mu
ch lower prices. Could I manage with a very strong netting, which I have se
en advertised on several sites, properly secured from above on the garage r
oof. And secured on the sides -- how???
I use deer netting around the patio bottom of my deck and let cucumbers
grow up it in season and it holds up well. I suspect netting would work
with vines as they would also tend to hook to stucco if anything like
the ivy around my house.
That's a strong woody vine and netting would never be able to hold its
weight for long. Not to mention the netting will rot after a few
years. This vine grows pads which will stick to stucco; were you
planning on training it on a trellis only temporarily, until it
adhered itself to the stucco wall? In that case, netting would do as a
temporary means of support. But if you want permanent trellising, far
better to go with a trellis constructed out of sturdy material.
On Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 10:00:56 AM UTC-7, Hypatia Nachshon wrote:
ces for trellises are a factor, since I understand this vine spreads horizo
ntally as well as vertically, so I would need to buy at least three,
much lower prices. Could I manage with a very strong netting, which I have
seen advertised on several sites, properly secured from above on the garage
roof. And secured on the sides -- how???
Thanks to all for valuable advice
1. Re: sticking to stucco, I'm glad to hear that. The wall in question is
the W. side of a decrepit garage, so I don't care if it damages the paint.
Some sources I visited said it would NOT stick to stucco, so I went pricin
g trellises. Some are reasonable; some not. But I would have to bother a
neighbor to bring them from nursery in his truck.
2. Re: too heavy for netting, thanks; I've been told that before; you conf
3. David cautions against letting vine cling to stucco. "Otherwise, you m
ight get mold or insects infesting the walls". How prevent/remove mold/in
sects if it happens?
What has been group experience in similar climates (So.Calif coastal)?
4. Thanks for David construct trellis advice. Me not so smart, but will k
eep on file.
Grateful for input; looking forward to more.
On Fri, 4 Nov 2016 23:39:31 -0700 (PDT), Hypatia Nachshon
It's very easy to construct a trellis, Home Depot/Lowe's sell fence
posts and grape stakes, was what I used when I was growing grapes... I
used the grape stakes for cross members but galvanized wire works too.
I would not attach a trellis to your building, attach it to fence
Grapes make a wonderful privacy screen:
It's very little work to erect a trellis, and more length can always
be added. Fence posts come in various lenghts and configurations, I
used 8', 2' in the ground. The grape stakes were 8' lengths. I set
posts 4' apart. There's no need to tie grapes, they tie themselves
with their tendrills. A trellis for vines needs to be strong, vines
can get very heavy... which is why I strongly recommend to NOT attach
a vine trellis to a building. A vine will weigh twice as much when it
gets wet during rains, it can rip your building wall down, especially
with a little a little wind.
I keep a goodly supply of grape stakes at home, they are very handy
for gardeners for staking plants, and for many other projects.
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