Use the grapevines you prune from your domestic or wild grapes to create free, attractive edging for your flower beds.

Materials needed:  last year's grape vines
Tools needed: hand pruners
                          : bucket or tub for soaking cuttings
When:  late Winter of early Spring

Step 1: How Many Pieces to Cut and the Cutting Details.

Measure the edge of the flower bed where you want to add a rustic edging. You will need one piece of vine per 6-7".  Prune the grapes as you usually do.  Pull one cut vine at a time to your work area.  You will be cutting sections about 30" long.  Placing a 30" board on the ground or poking a couple of sticks into the ground 30" apart will make a good guide to help keep the cut vine sections consistent in length.    

Start at the thick, cut end of the vine and continue to cut sections until the vine becomes too small in diameter.  I usually don't use anything less than the diameter of a pencil.  Aside the pieces you want to keep.  Into another pile, cut the rest of the vine into sections for disposal however is appropriate where you live.     

Tie your bundle of cuttings and store for use later in the year.
These are so awesome!
I live in Georgia and we have lots and lots of kudzu
That looks great. A great use for vines. :)

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