How to Maintain Climbing Vines

Finding new ways to dress up your landscape with greenery can get tricky, but with the right plants you can completely transform your yard. Rather than using flower beds or containers to house plants, identify existing or create new structures in your yard - like fences and trellises - that you can use as the foundation for climbing vines.

Climbing vines are often used to add a certain character or an element of drama to a landscape with their unique textures and pops of color. There are varieties of climbing vines having different blooming seasons, so you can extend the life of your garden as long as possible.

Vines like purple-leaf grape, Virginia creeper, sweet autumn clematis and Boston ivy are popular autumn choices since they produce blooms and colors that compliment other fall foliage. Keep in mind vines can grow rapidly and do require some upkeep to maintain their health and shape.

If you plan to add these climbers to your yard, check out some of these tips on how to maintain climbing vines to help you create an eye-catching landscape.

  • Monitor the growth of vines because they can weigh down their support if left to grown untamed.If you notice vines are growing rapidly or crowding a space, it may be time to prune and thin out the vines using a bypass pruner or lopper to relieve the structure from stress. If it seems like vines need additional support, you can tire wires or twin around them to keep them from falling or breaking. it's also important to make sure vines do not grow underneath or in between other surround structures like eaves or shutters as they can stain or cause damage to these materials.
     
  • Inspect vines for insects and pests that could cause damage or disease. Since vines are a bit unruly compared to traditional plants and flowers, pests can disguise and burrow their way in the thick of their foliage. If you detect an infected area of the vine, treat promptly and remove any vines that appear dead so you can preserve as much of the plant as possible.
     
  • Make sure you are aware of when and how to prune specific vines. For perennial vines, wait to prune until blossoms appear to reach the end of their growth cycle. However, it vines grow quickly and become overgrown, it's okay to prune them as needed to maintain the desired shape and encourage new growth. It's also important to use the right pruning tools along with an established pruning routine to maintain the health and strength of vines.