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cosmyccowboy

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And here is the high or South end where we used cross arms to move the wire out about 5 inches

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The #1 rule I learned about installing a trellis is don’t skimp on your posts, especially the corner posts. #2 when installing your corner posts dig your post holes at a angle so your posts are leaning backwards at a 10 degree or so angle
 

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Ditto. Our struggle is keeping the weeds down in the vineyard. Some of my youngest vines are going to have to be "found" this fall. I sprayed herbicide but with all the rain we've had this year the weeds just keep on going. I only see bare dirt when we plow and till early in the year and I never see bare dirt in the vineyard
Will you plant grass eventually or just fight weeds from now until the heat death of the universe?

In WI every vineyard I have seen has permanent grass cover. Some have a mulched strip under the vines. You might plant cover crops like @GSMChris too. Some small grains could be planted and mowed once a year.
 

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I have put down a thick layer of pine straw in my small vineyard! I finally found a use for the long leaf pines in the yard!
 

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As the seasons turn, I’m starting to think about when to take the grow tubes off my vines. For those who may not want to scroll back up, I’m in the Paso Robles area of Central California. Temperatures are going to be in high 80s low 90s for highs, mid to high 50s for overnight lows for the next week.

All of the grapes have grown above the 24 inch tubes, all of the ones that weren’t trimmed by the deer have reached or surpassed the 40 inch (give or take) cordon wire. The vines are still growing - no signs of leaves turning color or anything. I have ten tracking vines, two of each Varietal, and they grew an average of 1.25 inches this last week (I measure on Sundays). Average height is 6 feet 3 inches (Measuring the biggest cane which is not always the longest).

So I am getting, as per usual, conflicting advice from the local growers. So I thought I’d throw it out here.

1) should I start removing the tubes now? Or should I waiting until things cool off more and growth stops? Or should I wait for Winter pruning and do it then?

2) when I pull the tubes, assuming things are still green and growing, should I clean up the suckers, spindly branches etc. or wait until the pruning season in January.

Appreciate the advice
 

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For me, in Virginia, I should have pulled the tubes around Labor Day. I've been hindered with my injury so I'm hoping I can get them off ASAP. You can get them off at any point but if still hot, the lower leaves may cook in the sun. I don't think that will be harmful. You want the wood to start turning brown before cold weather.

After I pull off the tubes, I leave everything until pruning.

Hopefully someone in California can give you better advice.
 
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