How to Build a Grape Trellis

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Building a Grape Trellis DIY

When we bought our house, it had lots of fruit trees and a few grape vines.  But the grape vines were just laying on the ground with no grape vine supports. We needed to build grape trellis to support the vines.

With the vines on the ground, the grapes would not produce a lot or spread out and we had no chance to eat them or make jelly. So we investigated to build a trellis for our next project.

Project grape trellis DIY would allow the ability to make grape juice and jelly. The grape vines would love the trellis and start to produce a large amount of grapes.

How to Build a Grapevine Support Trellis

grape vine

What you will need:

  • 3 posts to the size of your liking (we went with round 6″ round posts) 2 for the ends and one for the top
  • holes to put the posts in (use some sort of post hole digger)
  • fencing that you like (we went with horse fencing for the spacing and look)
  • ties (to tie the grape vine if needed)
  • screws
  • long bolts
  • drill bit and drill
  • hammer
  • staples (the kind you hammer, not the kind you staple)

Build Around A Grapevine

Since our grape vine was already in the ground, we measured away from the plant and dug the holes for the posts on either side of the vine.  We also made sure that the vines were in the center of the fencing.

dig hole

You will want to dig the holes on the ends of the fencing.  Place the posts into the holes and put the dirt back around them, securing them.

Bring the fencing over and put it into place between the posts.

fence staple trellis
Hammer the staples to keep the fencing attached to the posts.

Use those hard staples and hammer them into the vertical poles, making sure they are level.

bolts in trellis
The lag bolts will secure the fence posts together and give structure for the fencing to be stapled to.

The 3rd pole should be cut to length to fit between the fence posts and on top of the fencing. It should rest so that the top can drive staples on all 3 sides to secure the fence.

Drill pilot holes on the ends of the vertical posts for the bolts to go through.  Put the lag bolts in to secure the top and sides.

Hammer those staples into to keep the fencing up and connected to the poles.

level post

How to Put Grape Vine in the Trellis

This is when the trellis is done and you can now have fun, weaving the grape vine through to help train it.

You will want to evenly place it through the fencing so that the grapes have a place to grow.

We made two of these for both of our grape vines and look forward to all the grapes we are going to easily find this year on the vines.  Where needed, we tied the grape vine in until it grew enough to not fall out.

After it was trained, we removed the ties. As they vines grow, the grape support held the vines and they took over the trellis.

To get the most yield from your grapes, they should be supported by a trellis. This keeps the grapes off the ground. Learn how to build your own trellis.

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