old grape vines

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Posted by Marguerite on April 01, 2003 at 09:46:39:

I recently purchased a house with an old grape arbor
at the back of the property, in full sun. The arbor
posts have rotted at ground level and were threaded with
heavy wire cabel, which is quite rusted now, to support
the vines. The off-shots are alive; some of the original
vines are as thick as young trees and cracked in a few
places; however, the cracks seem to have healed over.
I want to try to bring this back. The old vines are
very heavy and lying on the ground. Should I try to
raise them? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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