Arbors are wonderful outdoor structures that can greatly enhance your landscaped yard by adding visual interest and beauty, shelter, shade and privacy. And as long as they are properly trained to do so, flowering vines will find your arbor to be the perfect spot to grow and flourish.
Training a vine is an easy outdoor project, just make sure to start it out right by matching up the proper arbor with the type of vine you’d like to grow. Smaller arbors are best for vines that grow up to eight feet, such as sweet peas, clematis and roses. Larger arbors are necessary to accommodate vines that grow more than eight feet, like certain honeysuckle or wisteria.
After selecting the correct arbor, follow these few simple steps to train your vines like a pro:
Step 1: Time To Prune
It’s important to prune vines that bloom on the current season’s growth in early spring just before they begin to sprout. Vines that bloom on the previous year’s growth should be pruned after they have flowered. And vines that have an extremely aggressive growth cycle, like wisteria, should be pruned in early summer to help slow down its growth.
Step 2: Healthy Roots Happy Vine
Make sure that your newly planted vine puts down strong roots before its stems take off by cutting it back by half or more with pruning shears. Cutting back is one of the best ways to encourage your vine to stay healthy and flourish in the future.
Step 3: Pruning With Purpose
After your vine has been firmly established, be careful not to over-prune. In fact, pruning should be restricted to cutting out dead, damaged or out-of-bound stems. If you notice any diseased portions of the vine, these should be cut out as well. You can also prune in circumstances where you need to thin out branches that are too thick or to control growth by cutting each stem back to a point close to the arbor.
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