How to Support a Trellis


Due to the important job of a trellis, it is important to support a trellis properly in a growing area as it supports your vining plants. Use metal fence posts to support the trellis and anchor it into the ground. Because metal fence posts have holes along the entire posts, you can easily attach the trellis to the fence posts using nylon ties.

Step 1

Plan the placement of the trellis. You will need one metal fence post placed every 3 to 4 feet along the length of the trellis. Lay each fence post on the ground where you will drive it into the ground.

Step 2

Pound the fence posts into the ground using the post driver. Have your assistant hold the fence post erect while you pound the post drive over the top of the fence post to drive it into the soil. Drive each fence post at least 6 inches into the soil.

Step 3

Place the trellis along the fence posts, positioning the trellis so the bottom of the trellis is above the soil line (this will keep the trellis from decaying where it contacts the soil).

Step 4

Attach the nylon ties through the holes in the fence posts and around the trellis. Attach one nylon tie approximately 6 inches above the soil level and the other nylon tie approximately 6 to 10 inches beneath the top of the trellis. Attach two nylon ties to each fence post.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal fence posts (at least 6 inches taller than the trellis)
  • Post driver
  • An assistant
  • Trellis
  • Nylon ties (long enough to encircle the trellis)


  • Green Fingers: Garden Trellis
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