Are you ready to try your hand at growing grapes and want to install a fence in your yard to grow them on? While it's perfectly acceptable to grow grapes along a fence line as opposed to growing them on trellises, there are some things you'll need to keep in mind. Here are 3 tips for installing the fence you'll need to grow your bounty.
1. Support Grape Weight With Durable Materials
It is estimated that a pound of grapes consists of 80-94 fruits, and a single bunch of grapes will yield between 15 and 300 fruits. Add the weight of your future grape vines' stems and leaves to this equation, and you're looking at some pretty heavy plants.
When considering material choices for your fence, plastic won't cut it; you need something far more durable to support the weight of your vines. Opt for a wooden or metal fence, and bury your posts to a depth of 2 feet.
2. Stabilize Posts With Gravel, Not Concrete
One common way to secure fence posts into the ground is with concrete. However, concrete can inhibit the drainage around your fence, and good drainage is one of the most important factors when growing grapes. Using gravel as fill around fence posts can provide a sturdy base for your posts, and it will allow your future grape vines better drainage than if you were to use concrete.
3. Make Sure Your Fence Allows Plenty Of Sunlight To Reach Your Grapes
Your future grapes will need plenty of sunlight to grow, and they aren't going to get it if they're shaded by the materials that make up your fence. If your fence is designed to be more solid than open, or if it will have several posts or slats placed closely together, you'll want to place the fence strategically in your yard so that you can plant your grapes on the south-facing side of it. The United States is located in the northern hemisphere, and most states are in the middle latitudes. These regions get more sun from the south than they do the north.
If you're interested in growing grapes in your yard and you need a fence to grow them on, keep the above 3 tips in mind. If you'd like some help constructing your fence or want more information on how to construct a fence that grapes can grow on, contact a reputable fence contractor in your area.