Trellis Edging


Carry over the decorative appearance of a trellis fence into your landscape and garden by creating trellis edging. Using the same materials and pattern of a trellis fence, you can create a low-height edging that defines areas in yo ur landscape and renders an ornamental backdrop to complement your flowers, plants and shrubbery.

The Materials

Measure the length and width of your landscaping area, and choose the material to use for your trellis edging. Cut existing trellis material into pieces to the desired height for your landscape or garden or construct your own trellis material from scratch. If you decide to make your own trellis, use exterior, weather-tolerant woods such as cedar or bamboo, and make the spaces in your trellis design 2 to 4 inches wide. Secure the wood strips together at each crossing with exterior wood glue and tack them with metal brads or tacks.

Stake the Edging

Support your trellis edging with 2-by-2-inch wooden stakes. Lay out your trellis edging, edge-to-edge, to determine where to position the stakes. Each stake will support the meeting ends of the trellis edging panels. Drive wooden stakes into the ground at least one foot deep, leaving enough of the stake above ground to connect to and support the trellis edging. Setting the stakes in concrete is not necessary because of the low height and light weight of the edging.

The Installation

Attach the trellis edging to the stakes with nails. Line up each end of the trellis to land at the center of each stake, as this will leave enough room to attach the adjoining trellis panel to the same stake. Position the trellis panels flush with the top of each stake.

Trimming the Trellis

Select an exterior-grade 1-by-2-inch wood to trim the top of your trellis edging and coordinate it with the trellis material. Nail the trim into the tops of the stakes to cover the top of your trellis material. Position the ends of the trim to land and meet at the center of each stake for reinforcement. The trim will add structural support and a neat and decorative finish to your lattice edging.


Leave the trellis wood natural to weather over time for a rustic appearance, or stain or paint it for color. Select a stain or paint that blends in well with other features in your landscape. Over time, you will have to apply a new coat of stain or paint to maintain the look. If you leave it to weather, the wearing paint or stain will give your trellis a country, rustic design appearance.


Use your trellis edging for function beyond its design. Plant flowers, plants and ground-covers adjacent to it, and watch the leaves and stems fill up the trellis' appearance. Plant vines to interweave through the trellis openings. Set your plantings in front of or behind the trellis edging, so that altogether they function as an edging for your landscape.

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Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on eHow, Garden Guides, Trails, ConnectED, Helium and others. Manal received her B.S. degree in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.