Which type of netting/support

greenhavenrdgardenApril 2, 2012

I have many type 3 clematis planted along a long rock wall. I was gong to use either chicken wire or a similar wire netting pinned to the ground and up over the wall and pinned on the other side for the plants to grow up. The wall has woods on the other side so it doesn't matter how it looks there. Being that they are type 3's and I will cut them back every year would it be ok to use plastic deer fencing? I can buy a big roll and throw away the used when I cut back and start new every spring. I'm curious if the plants will wrap around deer fence. Thanks in advance. Laura

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

When you prune them, you'll have to pull the deer fence down, it will come down or tear when pulling off the pruned vines. At least that is what happens to my bird netting.

IMHO wire livestock fencing is the best for Clematis to cling to and also easiest to pull vines down from.

I have used bird netting, twine, wood lattice and chicken wire and none of them are ideal. IF I could do it all over again I would use wire livestock fencing. Unfortunately, DH built me huge trellises and topped our fence with lattice...

This picture was taken at the Rogerson Clematis Collection where they built multiple trellises like this with wooden frames and wire centers. I've also seen the wire stapled to solid wood fences for Clematis and talked to the owners about it. Much more practical than other methods. Cheap too from Feed/farm/ranch stores.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 5:33PM
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Thank you. There are so many choices so hearing from someone who has tried them is great. If I do use the deer fencing I will just throw it away when I cut back and start new every year. If livestock fence will work though and I can pull the vines off then maybe it's more economical to do that. Thank you.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 6:55PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

You are welcome. I wish I had known in advance and not struggled so long with the wrong stuff.

I have no idea why my picture doesn't work. It did yesterday and I have not moved nor deleted it from Photobucket. How annoying.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 8:48PM
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