This is my next project at our Church and I expect it will be a multi-year project, this picture is not what is appears to be, this is a 75 foot fruit tree completely covered with a grape vine.
Research tells me it it is a Malbek Grape vine and talking to the other people around, I think it has been left untouched for years. This should teach us all what happens when you don’t prune vines. The main root is not under the tall tree but in the short tree to the side, the vines cover three trees at this point. The vine is smothering the trees and grapes up that high are only going to feed the birds. The current planned steps are;
A) Clear the underbrush
B) From a ladder cut off all the growth above head height to force the plant back to ground level
C) Train the growth onto a proper support away from the fruit trees
D) Expand by layering for new root stock
E ) Finish cutting away vines from the trees.