How To Make a Garden Trellis

A garden trellis serves to support climbing plants such as bougainvillea, moonflowers, sugar snap peas and different varieties of ivy. Not only does a garden trellis serve functional purposes, it also serves as a garden’s decorative centerpiece as well. The best thing is that a garden trellis can be very easy to make. Here are some guidelines to remember if you want to make your own garden trellis:

  • Determine how strong the trellis needs to be. Do you know that most climbing flower plants do not need strong support? One notable exception here are climber rose plants. If you have a climbing vegetable plant, however, they would need heavy-duty support. With this in mind, you would just need 2x2 inch boards for light-support trellis, while you would need 2x4 inch boards for heavier-support trellis.
  • Determine the trellis design that you would like. You could make a trellis in the form of a single post, an obelisk or a tipi, in fan-style, or in simple horizontal-vertical posts. Your choice will depend on the plant that you will need to support, on your available space, and your personal preferences.
  • Prepare the materials. For longer-lasting life for your trellis, it’s best to use lumber that is pressure-treated, and it is rot and insect-repellent. Some of the most popular types of wood used include cedar, redwood and cypress. Another alternative is UV-resistant plastic, which is practically maintenance-free (its downside though is that it is more vulnerable to damage by sunlight). If you want to use other types of wood, make sure that they are sealed and treated to protect them from potentially-damaging elements; you should also paint them with spray paint (rather than regular paint, which could flake off). Finally, make sure that the material you use isn’t treated with harsh chemicals that may be lethal to your plants.
  • To make a horizontal-vertical trellis, you would need six 2x2 inch boards that are ten feet long; another six 2x2 inch boards that are eight feet long; twine; scissors; hammer; measuring tape and shovel.
  • Prepare the location. Make sure that you choose a location in your garden that is most appropriate for your plant. Using a measuring tape, mark down the areas where you would place the vertical posts: a guideline to remember is to position two posts to mark the boundaries; and then to place the third post in the middle for support.
  • To create a tipi-like formation, you would need another set of vertical posts; in effect you would need six of them. The idea is to angle the two sets of vertical posts in such a way that their tips will meet in the middle.
  • Position the frames. Get one vertical post and bury it underneath the soil using your shovel. Make sure that you bury it at least one foot underground. Place the three vertical posts all in a row, angling it to meet the other set of vertical posts in the back. Use the twine to join the two sets of vertical posts in their tips. You would then have formed three tips.
  • After you have positioned the vertical posts, place horizontal posts at two feet intervals along the height of the verticals. You should place these horizontal posts on either side of the vertical posts, and attach them snugly using the twine.

There you have it! These are the steps to make an easy garden trellis for your plants. You would need about a half-day’s work to do this. Good luck, and hope this helped!


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