I blinked and my roses went from bare branches to leafed out and budding, so I missed my chance to do a good winter pruning on them. Fortunately, my grape vines were still in dormancy, so this past weekend, I got out the shears and went to work.
Grapes respond well to heavy pruning. I trimmed a lot more than I left. Here's the before:
And here's the after:
I left each plant with one main cane, with two short branches on the lower wire support, and two short branches on the upper wire support. I know it looks barren now, but I imagine grape vines will be growing willy-nilly again before you know it.
One photo I neglected to take, but should have, was of me pulling grape vines from the other side of the block wall. Remember carnivals in grade school, where you would "fish" for prizes? I felt just like that as I pulled the vines over the wall--only instead of some trinket, my prize was a tumbleweed. Every. Single. Time.
I'm not quite sure why, but tumbleweeds amuse me. Gathering tumbleweeds is my favorite gardening chore. It doesn't take long, and it makes a dramatic difference.
Thanks for wild tumbleweeds, and tame grape vines.
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