Natural Trellis Instructions


Create a simple, elegant and inexpensive trellis using natural material such as bamboo poles, vines, willows and pruned branches from your garden or backyard. Select material according to your taste, or find material that matches the aesthetics of your area and blends with the surrounding landscape. Depending on personal taste, construct a natural trellis as simple as a branch with a crossbar, a bamboo fan or a woven willow trellis. Stand the trellis vertically in the ground, or suspend it from a wall or fence.

Step 1

Measure the area over which you will install the trellis, and note the width and height on paper. Using these measurements to guide you, draw your desired trellis shape and size on graph paper. Make a lattice trellis or a grid with horizontal and vertical poles, or a fan shaped trellis. Allow for a foot at the base of each trellis that you will secure into the ground.

Step 2

Collect your material a few weeks in advance. Ask your neighbors for unwanted branches, and collect young saplings, fallen branches or bamboo poles. Use vines or leashing cord to secure joints between two or more lengths.

Step 3

Refer to your design and cut your material accordingly with a handsaw. Cut all lengths the same size if making a grid trellis. If making a fan trellis, keep the vertical lengths long, and the horizontal lengths shorter at the base and longer at the top.

Step 4

Arrange the trellis on the ground, keeping horizontal and vertical lengths according to the design on the graph paper. For a grid trellis lay parallel poles first, spaced equally apart. Then lay horizontal poles over these, also spaced equally apart. For a fan trellis, arrange the poles vertically in the shape of a fan, so their lower ends are closer together but they span out at the top. Lay horizontal lengths over the base, middle and top of the poles, with the shortest pole over the end and longest at the top.

Step 5

Mark intersecting points on your grid or fan trellis with a marker so you do not lose them when joining.

Step 6

Wind garden wire or leashing cord around each intersection to secure overlapping lengths together. You can also hammer small nails into each intersection. Make sure each joint is secure so your trellis is sturdy and supports your climbing vines properly.

Step 7

Clear your selected spot of rocks, stones and plant debris. Dig two one-foot-deep holes, spaced according to the width of your trellis. Lower your trellis into each hole and backfill with soil. Tamp it down to remove air bubbles.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Graph paper
  • Ruler
  • Branches, bamboo poles or wood
  • Handsaw
  • Scissors
  • Leashing cord, wire or nails
  • Hammer
  • Marker
  • Shovel


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