Step 1: I will be installing a three row grape trellis in the orchard. The rows are marked off and will be 32 feet in length with an additional 5 feet on each end for a H-brace style endpost.
Step 3: The ground has alot of clay. Clay is not real good for grapes, I will be amending the soil before planting.
Step 9: Once each end post is in the ground run a string so all the other posts are installed in a perfectly straight line.
Step 11: Leveling up the cross member for the H-brace. The crossmember was installed 40" off the ground.
Step 13: 9 gauge soft steel wire is used to tighten the H-brace, wrap it around the brace twice.
Step 14: The wire is now ready to be twisted and secured. Remember the high wire end goes towards what will be tensioned. The low wire end helps keep it anchored into the ground because the pulling force is at ground level.
Step 18: Close up view of trellis wire. I used 14 guage high tensile strength electric fence wire for the trellis. High tensile strength wire will not stretch like soft wire will. Also notice how I used screws instead of staples for the H-brace wire.
Step 19: This trellis is a two wire system. The top wire is 45" off the ground and the bottom wire is 24" off the ground.
Step 24: I loved how the sun was breaking over the trees first thing in the morning.