Now that the trees for the espaliered are on their way, we needed to get the trellis system installed. I purchased modular stakes that attach to the trellises that are then sunk into the ground and attached. Easier said than done…While beautiful, the trellis system makers did not think out their design very well. The weight of the trellis overwhelmed the stake bottoms while simply sunk into the soil and the trellis toppled on the first and second attempt to install them. This was a frustrating situation!
Luckily, my friend Don came up with the thought of concreting in the bases to ensure that the bases would stay firm! To do this we had to draw a straight and level string line after we measured the span of the three trellises. Once done, we dug small holes where the trellis stakes would go into the ground. Using quick setting cement, we filled in around the stakes with the dry concrete mix and added water according to package directions. Now we simply had to wait for the concrete to set and our schedules to align to install the trellis system!