How To Build A Grape Vine Support – The Natural Roof
We have always been fascinated by the grape vine trellis our grandparents had in the countryside, that natural extension of the house roof under which we found the much sought after shadow on those hot summer days. Later on, in fall, the natural vault would reward us with grapes, going beyond its primary role of arbor. Below are several ideas inspiring you how to build a grape vine support.
Some went for solutions within reach to enjoy that splendid natural roof in front of the house or in the garden. In the image below, the grape vine support was built using a wire mesh on three sides with a wooden arch at one of the ends. The arch will remain exposed as the plant starts climbing and covering the mesh. Several metal poles also ensure stability for the makeshift structure.
Following the same design, but in a simpler form, the natural vault about to grow will have as central support element a bent wire mash and four posts fixing it into the ground. This is probably the simplest idea that anyone can carry out to get that green arch around the house.
The imagination moves on and we discover this umbrella shaped vine trellis in a garden, an original design, we have to admit. The three concentric circles are attached by wires to the central pole and the plants spirals along the umbrella shape for a splendid view.
Another method which helps you kill two birds with one stone is to use the pergola on the patio as a support structure for the grape vine, as seen in the image below. The structure is more durable and allows the vine to spread on a larger surface, with a proportional visual effect. Moreover, the green arch naturally extends the house for a superb final image.
The grape vine supporting pergola can also stand in the middle of the garden, a leafy island creating a beautiful contrast. A swing underneath the living arch is a discreet presence, but extremely attractive, giving the whole landscape a picturesque perspective.
Sources: Plantvillage.com, Pinterest.com