Hello all - I perused some posts in the forum here to get the answer to a question I have and it led me to register and post. I've gotten partial answers, but wanted some more in-depth insight, if anyone's willing to provide it. Warning: I'm an absolute gardening neophyte, which I hope to change now that I have my own yard.
I purchased a new home in Central Maryland (outer Baltimore suburbs, to the west) and it is loaded with interesting vegetation, flowers, etc. In a mess of weeds, for example, I've just discovered that blackberries are growing like mad, which I'm pretty happy about
At any rate, there is also a grapevine that is growing all over the place and actually overtaking a large pine tree in the backyard and starting to "integrate" with it and a blueberry bush.
I'm concerned about 2 things. First, that if the growth goes unchecked, the eventual process of separating it from the tree and bush will be very difficult.
However, in the processing of trimming back the vine, I don't want to destroy it. I have no master plan for the grapes, but if it's possible, I would like to eventually have some grapes and would like even more to build a trellis so that the vine(s) can provide shade in that part of the yard.
Currently, this vine has grown about 25 feet up the pine tree, so it's growing pretty much out of control.
My question is: how should I go about trimming this? Can I just cut it down to the "stump" of the vine and then let it grow next year in a more controlled manner? If so, is the heat of June an OK time to do this?
Suggestions are MOST welcome!