How Do You Build An Arbor Trellis For Muscadine Vines?

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Muscadine grapes are native in the United States from Delaware to Florida and into the Midwest. A trellis will help with their cultivation because they need annual pruning and lots of sun for optimum fruiting. In the wild, muscadine vines can grow up to 100 feet long. This tendency needs severe dormant season pruning to produce fruit from the current season's shoots, which sprout from growth of the previous year. A trellis easily facilitates this delicate trimming work. Decide on the location and orientation of your trellis arbor; this arbor will be 8 feet by 12 feet when completed. Dig a 3-foot deep hole with the post hole digger; have a shovel handy to help with the soil removal. Measure 7 feet from this hole; dig another hole. These two holes will form one end of the arbor. Measure 12 feet out and perpendicular to these holes; make two marks on the earth and dig 3-foot deep holes in these two spots. This will create a rectangular shape with the post locations. Fill each of these ... more
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