A trellis is a decorative yet functional garden structure that can take on any shape or size. Its main purpose is to support climbing vines so they grow upwards to receive maximum sunlight and air circulation. This frees up ground space, allowing a gardener to grow a variety of other plants. Although trellises of different shapes, sizes and materials are commercially available for sale, making these yourself allows you to utilize material at home at a minimal cost.
Prefabricated Lattice Trellis
Cut the prefabricated lattice sheet to size with a handsaw. Keep it up to 6 feet tall to support growing vines properly.
Position miter-cut molding strips over an edge of the sheet and hammer 1-inch wire brads every 5 inches. Do this around all the edges of the sheet. If a sheet falls short, place another length flush against its edge and hammer it in place.
Dig two holes 2 feet deep over the selected spot, spaced 4 feet apart. Level the base of each hole.
Stand an 8-foot tall 2-by-4 lumber into each hole. Have a friend or family member help with the weighty lumber. Add 6 to 8 inches of gravel into each hole and backfill with soil so the lumber is secure.
Mark spots for the three fence brackets on the inner side of each post, so they form a straight line in the center. Space the spots equally apart. Drill or hammer each fence bracket in place.
Hold one side of the prefabricated sheet and ask a friend to hold the other side. Carefully slide it between the fence brackets of the posts.
Design the trellis on graph paper to determine the number of bamboo poles you need and the spacing between horizontal and vertical lengths.
Cut lengths of bamboo to size with a handsaw, using the design on graph paper as a guide.
Arrange the bamboo poles on the ground. Place horizontal and vertical poles according to the design on the graph paper.
Mark all spots where horizontal and vertical poles intersect with masking tape. Wrap leashing cord over the marked spots to secure the poles together. Do this several times to bind the poles securely, and snip off excess cord length with scissors.
Suspend the trellis from a fence or unused door. Loop garden wire around each corner of the trellis and extend it to the fence in the back. Also wind wire in the middle for added security.
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