How To Keep Your Vertically Growing Plants From Overrunning Your Yard

Posted on: 29 September 2015

If you have planted climbing roses, clematis, ivy or any other vine-like plants, you probably did so with the intent of adding vertical color and interest to your landscape. The problem is, many of these climbing plants grow very quickly and can quickly overrun your yard and your home. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your vertical landscape in check.

Trim Plants to the Ground in Autumn

Many climbing plants and flowers appear to die in the winter. However, most of them are just dormant and the hearty varieties of ivy and climbing roses remain clinging to the trellises you have provided or the exterior walls of your home or garage. Come spring, they leaf and flower and grow as though they had been that way all the previous season. To control how much they grow and how quickly they grow from spring to late fall, cut these plants and flowers to the ground in the autumn. In doing so, you stop the overgrowth that will occur in spring and summer, because the plants/flowers will have to spring from the ground up, rather than grow faster from the spread they currently enjoy.

Prune the Bushes and Climbers at Least Monthly

Pruning your vertical landscape at least once a month during the warmer months will also ensure that the climbing plants and flowers do not get out of hand. Some types of climbing vines and flowers grow so rapidly they need to be pruned every other week. If these climbers do get out of hand and start making their way over your roof, the tendrils will latch onto shingles and make it impossible to pull the vines down. They could also loosen shingles, exposing your roof to the elements, so prune the vines and climbing bushes as often as their care cards suggest or a landscaper says you should.

Provide Every Climbing Plant with Its Own Trellis

If you provide all of your vertical landscaping plants with their own trellises, they will attempt to grow and cling to the trellis. This will keep the climbers from adhering to the exterior walls of your home and creating multiple siding, roofing and foundation problems. It also makes the plants more accessible for pruning and trimming, since you can reach around and through the trellises to get to the back sides of the plants. Additionally, you will not end up with ground tendrils that grow outward looking for a post or something else vertical to which they can attach.

For more yard care tips, contact a company like JK Landscape Construction.