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Building a vine arbor - tips for building and maintaining

Would you like to create a shady spot in your garden? How about if you e.g. build a vine arbor? Here are our tips for building and maintaining it.

Natural shade: the vine arbor

Natural shade: the vine arbor

Many have a garden shed, garden pavilion or parasol in their garden, which should provide shade on sunny days. But if you want something original for your garden, you can e.g. also build a vine arbor. This can look very different in the garden. For example:

  • spread a modern, Mediterranean flair,
  • or create a hearty Heuriger feeling,
  • and / or serve as a shade.

Depending on which style you prefer, you can of course use a wide variety of materials for the construction of the vine arbor, such as Metal tendrils, wooden beams, bricks, etc. 3 design options, such as your vine arbor, e.g. we would like to introduce to you here in more detail.

3 different design options presented

Design option No. 1 - wooden vine arbor

As the name suggests, the wooden vine arbor is mainly built from the raw material wood. And a wooden terrace floor can also be used as flooring. It is important, however, that you make sure that there is enough soil around the vine arbor so that, depending on the size, you can also plant the required number of vines.

If you tension metal cords or metal ropes in the roof area of ​​the vine arbor next to a few load-bearing wooden beams, the vines can easily climb along there and give your vine arbor an optimally green roof.

Important: When building the vine arbor, you have to put a lot of emphasis on stability, because in the future you will often have to climb around on the roof to fix shoots.

Design option No. 2 - metal arbor

Wine arbors made of metal usually have a lawn or stone floor. You can also buy suitable metal pavilions for this purpose in specialist shops, which are excellent for use as a vine arbor.

These pavilions must be well anchored in the ground and planted with vines all around. The great thing about such a metal vine arbor: the bar spacings are usually so small that you no longer have to insert any additional climbing aids.

" Tip:

You should make sure that the pavilion has a height that is as stately as possible, so that wasps, among other things, who like to graze on the grapes or the vines from time to time, do not interfere too much.

Design option No. 3 - planting on the terrace / balcony

You can also shade an existing terrace or balcony with quickly climbing grapevines. So you don't have to build or buy a suitable frame beforehand. So that would be the cheapest option to build a vine arbor.

If you have a covered terrace, then you should make sure that the roof is stable enough. Because as already described, you have to climb around on the roof to fix the shoots and also to cut back.

Plant vine arbor

Select and plant varieties:

The centerpiece of a vine arbor is of course the vines planted all around. And here you actually have a completely free hand, because you can have only one, but also many different varieties at the same time - e.g. blue and white grapes.

If you have decided on one or different types of grapes, you can plant them. However, spring is generally the ideal time for planting grapevines - after the ice saints!

" Tip:

In the entrance area you can plant climbing roses instead of grapevines, which results in a more varied flower pattern.

Attach grapevines:

In order for the grapevines to climb up to the roof, you may only attach the so-called old wood to the post. The new shoots, which are up to 6 meters long, then grow steeply upwards and can be attached to the trellis piece by piece using special plant wires or plant clips.

As soon as the vines start to bear fruit, the shoots become heavy and almost automatically settle on the roof surface. Once this has been done, you must carefully fix it. After only a few weeks, the tendrils intertwine and ensure a shady spot.

" Tip:

If the vines bear too much fruit, then you should cut off some grapes in good time so that the remaining fruits can grow larger and juicier.

Pruning vines:

A certain time after the harvest, of course, you have to cut back the vines of the vine arbor. However, this cut should only be made in February / March - depending on the weather and the risk of frost. It is also an advantage that the vines no longer have any leaves at this point in time and the individual shoots are thus clearly recognizable.