Fencing Your Berry Vines
Plant berry vines in your garden to create a unique aesthetic in your garden and produce delicious fruit for your home. A berry garden is easy to grow and tend to, and many varieties of berries fare well in different climates and locations. If you are planting raspberry, blackberry or blueberry vines, build a berry vine fence along with your plants to support them as they grow over the course of several seasons.
If you are planting berry vines for the first time or need to install a berry vine fence to help support your vines as they grow, follow these steps to build a sturdy fence.
Step 1 - Gather Your Materials
To build a fence for your berry vines, you will need support stakes, sturdy wire, a hammer and pliers. Before you collect your materials, evaluate the space that you will use for your berry garden. The type of plants that you include and the size of the garden will determine how many stakes you need. Generally, most berry plants need a radius of 2 to 3 feet in which to grow. Planting berry vines closer together than that may impede their growth and reduce their output. Plan on using about 2 stakes per plant.
Step 2 - Dig a Trench For Your Berry Vines
Dig a shallow trench for your berries, between 10 and 12 inches deep and about 1 foot wide. Allow 2 to 3 feet in between plants when determining the length of the trench. If you wish to till or fertilize the soil, do so at this point, before you have planted the stakes for your berry vine fence.
Step 3 - Set Your Stakes
Hammer your support stakes into the trench soil, beginning with a support stake at each of the far ends of the trench. Place stakes every 4 feet along the trench. Stakes should be set several inches into the ground to ensure that they are firmly supported.
Step 4 - String Wire Between the Stakes
Run a length of wire about 2 feet above soil level across all of your stakes. You may wish to string smaller sections of wire between each stake, securing the ends with pliers. The wire should be firmly in place so that it does not slip or fall as growing berry vines add their weight to it. Repeat this process by setting a length of wire at 3 feet, 4 feet and 5 feet above the ground. The final fence should be a grid of 4 or more sets of wire lengths running across the stakes.
Having set up your stakes and wire, you are now ready to plant your berries. Follow any instructions given by your nursery or home improvement center while planting your berry vines. Generally, plant berries close to a center stake to give them support as they grow.
Creating a berry vine fence in your garden is a simple and cost-effective process. Berries are a beautiful and delicious addition to any garden or yard and can be planted and maintained without much effort.