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Benefits of Vines Growing on Your House

By Dutchlady1
October 11, 2011

Planting a vine against the side of your house will help keep that wall cool in the summer (by shading it) and warm in the winter (by giving it a pocket of air to insulate, and reduce wind chill).

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Just make sure the vine is an evergreen one or it won't help insulate in winter. (for our northern gardening friends)
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 10, 2011 6:46 PM CST
good point!! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2011 6:50 PM CST
(Wink) We forget about them yanks & things being deciduous. Whistling
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Aguane
Oct 10, 2011 8:55 PM CST
I can see the wisdom in this planting tip. I would love to have a pretty vine or two or three growing on the south side of my house over the trellis. My Gen. Contractor warns me against it because it can bring destructive bugs, termites, and critters (we have a roof rat problem in Phoenix). He says it can be detrimental to the wood health itself. I'm considering a lattice that I can keep trim and away from the overhang itself. He would cringe if I covered the trellis.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 11, 2011 4:12 AM CST
I thought that was what a trellis is for? Shrug!
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Skiekitty
Oct 11, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Actually, just because we love in a cold area doesn't mean we're yanks here in CO. LOLLLLLLL

Susie - Go for a honeysuckle. They don't eat into siding. I have a honeysuckle that I call a Triffid (from the 1962 movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055894/) that's gotten huge. I love honeysuckle and they're almost a evergreen for us. I have one on my west side (my triffid) and now one on my south side. The one on the south is just a baby, though.
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Aguane
Oct 11, 2011 10:29 AM CST
LOL! Good point, Hetty! Whistling
Because of what he said I've hung planted baskets, whirlie gigs, hummer feeders and chimes from the trellis.

Toni: How did I MISS that movie in 1962? Hilarious! I'll look into the honeysuckle. You know we have an abundance of UFOs here in AZ. Who knows what they're carrying to our barren lands! Triffids!
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Oct 11, 2011 10:44 AM CST
Susie - it's cheesy. LOL. Very very cheesy, but it's a good movie for a Saturday afternoon. It'll make you crave ice cream. Whistling LOLLLLLLLLL
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JuneBug
Oct 11, 2011 5:09 PM CST
If you use stand-offs to attach the trellis to the walls of the house while keeping it 8 to 12 inches away from the wood, you would still have some air circulation and lessen the chance of damage from critters and rot.
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LouC
Oct 17, 2011 8:09 AM CST
We have had English Ivy covering the east back wall of our home for over 40 years with no ill effects. Our wall is brick and we keep the growth cut about 4 bricks down from the wood overhang. Looks pretty pitiful right now as the intense summer we had fried about half of it crisp. Will have the yard crew tidy it up in a couple of weeks and it comes back good as new.

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