Add a homemade twig trellis to your garden, backyard or patio for a natural, rustic way to dress up a spot while enhancing interest and appeal. Use it to support climbing plants and vegetables by lifting them off the ground. Collect fresh hardwood twigs of different sizes for your trellis from your local field or park. Depending on your personal taste and available space, create a box-patterned trellis consisting of horizontal and vertical twigs, or a diamond-patterned trellis that includes diagonally placed twigs.
Box-Patterned Twig Trellis
Measure the size of the selected spot where you want to display the trellis. Draw a sketch of your trellis on paper, keeping the size of the area in mind. Also include appropriate height and spacing between horizontal and vertical twigs.
Collect ½-inch wide fallen twigs belonging to trees including ash, willow, apple or maple. Check the twigs to make sure they measure at least 5- to 6-feet tall, allowing for 6 inches to go in the ground to support the weight of the structure.
Use the sketch as reference and measure and cut horizontal and vertical twigs to size. Arrange them on a flat surface in your desired lattice-work shape. Stop laying horizontal twigs when you are 6 inches from the base of the vertical poles.
Mark intersecting twigs with pen to prevent the exact points from shifting. Wind leashing cord or lightweight wire around each intersection to bind the horizontal and vertical twigs together. Continue this procedure until you assemble the trellis.
Attach an additional three or four lengths of twigs vertically to the existing ones with wire to help reinforce the structure and make it sturdy.
Diamond-Patterned Twig Trellis
Insert a 5-foot tall twig at each corner to mark the ends of the trellis. Also insert a same-size twig in the middle.
Insert same-length twigs into the ground in the same direction at an angle of 60 degrees to form a straight line. Make sure you space each twig 5 inches apart.
Insert a line of twigs spaced 5-inches apart in the opposite direction to the previously inserted ones, again slanting them at an angle of 60-degrees, so they cross each other.
Secure each intersection at the top, middle and bottom with a length of wire wrapped around both twigs. Also attach twigs to the corner twigs with wire.
Stand a 3-foot tall twig on the ground next to your diamond-patterned trellis and cut excess pieces with pruning shears so the top is even and in line for a neat and symmetrical look.
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