Instructions for a Trellis


Enhance the appearance of your garden or backyard with an inexpensive bamboo trellis that supports weighty climbers such as peas and cucumbers, or jasmine and morning glory. Trellising vines also clears ground space so you can grow other plants or vegetables there. Purchase bamboo from a hardware store, or collect the shoots from your local field or park and cut them down to size. Create rustic trellises that stand out against any background, and also last several years outside.

Step 1

Draw your trellis with pencil and graph paper to determine the number of bamboo shoots you'll need, their dimensions and appropriate spacing. Keep the selected spot and nearby plants or structures in mind while designing. Use a mix of vertical and horizontal poles to create a 6-foot tall lattice trellis.

Step 2

Measure and cut the bamboo shoots to size for vertical and horizontal trellis poles, using the measurements on the graph paper as reference. Use a measuring tape and cut above each node with a hand saw. This prevents water from accumulating in the bamboo poles, which weakens it and makes it susceptible to rot and mold.

Step 3

Lay your vertical and horizontal poles on level ground according to the design on your graph paper. Make sure the spacing between the poles corresponds to what's on paper.

Step 4

Mark the point where two poles overlap one another with masking tape or pencil. This makes it easier for you to join those poles when you assemble the trellis.

Step 5

Join two intersecting poles together with leashing cord. Wind it around the poles several times to form a secure bind that does not come loose easily, as it could jeopardize the structure's scrutiny. Snip excess cord off with scissors. Repeat this procedure to join the intersecting poles of your trellis, so the structure is secure.

Step 6

Measure the width of your trellis with the measuring tape. Dig two 2-foot-deep holes with a shovel. Stand a trellis leg in each hole, or ask someone for help if the trellis is heavy. Backfill the hole with soil, and tamp it down with your fingers to remove air bubbles.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • 8-foot-tall, 1-inch wide bamboo poles
  • Measuring tape
  • Hand saw
  • Masking tape
  • Leashing cord
  • Scissors
  • Shovel


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