Answer: You can easily grow tall and productive raspberries and blackberries on your chain-link fence, provided the area gets full sun or partial shade, at most. The brambles will grow best if the soil is rich and well drained and protected from dog activity. You can grow grapevines and/or virginia creeper on the fence, too, but grapes won't be very productive unless trained properly, and a chainlink fence won't provide the kind of support they need long-term - and as vines grow into large trunks, they can contort and damage the fence! If you're interested in managing the berries for vigorous growth and fruit production, you'll need to prune out the canes that fruit in a given summer that same fall, leaving the newly grown canes to fruit the following summer. Being deciduous, brambles won't provide much of a screen in winter. For varieties that perform well in your region, you can check with local nurseries or peruse the options from Stark Bro's Nursery, PO Box 10, Louisiana MO 63353; ph# 800/325-4180. If you need any tips on planting/managing your brambles, look us up! Enjoy!
Q&A Library Searching Tips