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May 27, 2017 1:03 PM CST
I want to erect a homemade trellis to hold a planting of Tangerine Beauty Crossvine. I have a 6' concrete block wall at the back of my lot. I don't want the vines on the wall itself so I will build something like in the picture, but just a pieces of 4' x 8' welded fencing attached to 4x4 posts.

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I need some advice on how far from the wall to place the trellis. I have a 36" flower bed in front of the wall and will set the posts in that flower bed. I'm thinking I need enough space to be able to monitor the vines to ensure they do not get on the wall. But I'd like it to be as close as reasonable.

Another question: Should I have the bottom of the wire fencing touching the ground, or something like 6-12 inches off the ground?


Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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May 29, 2017 6:43 AM CST
While cross vine will climb the wire.... I'm not sure how you're gonna prevent it from also climbing the wall.

Crossvine tends to be a vigorous grower where happy.

If you're super determined to keep it off the wall, plan on mowing ( or something) between the fence and wall, and space accordingly.... Prolly 4 foot or more....

Why not just give it the solid wall?

May 29, 2017 7:37 PM CST
On the other side of the wall are mature Pyracantha bushes about 9' high. I can't have the crossvine get into the Pyracanthas. That would be a total mess.

I figure on leaving enough room to at least reach between the wall and the trellis to cut back any vines heading for the wall.

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