A trellis adds structure and beauty to your garden.
image by Photo by August Norman; FLickr.com, Illustrations by MJ Logan
Climbing vines of all sorts love a trellis to climb on. Clematis, honeysuckle, morning glory and ivy just name a few of the plants that grace a trellis. Using a trellis and climbing plant to create a screen can turn a corner of the garden into a separate room. Plant annuals alongside the perennials the first year or two until the perennials take over. This trellis screen is easily adapted to any size and a number of uses and locations.
Dig two post holes 30 inches deep. Add 6 inches of gravel or crushed stone to the bottom of the hole. Set the 10-foot 2-by-4s in the holes so the wide sides face each other and level them. Fill in around the 2-by-4s with the excavated dirt. (See illustration.)
Cut two of the 2-by-2s in half, 4-feet long each. Cut the 1-by-4 in half to make two 4-foot long pieces. Drill pilot holes and screw two 2-by-2 pieces to each 1-by-4 piece, leaving a gap equal to the thickness of the panel, 3/8 inch. Make one for the top and one for the bottom.
Mount the bottom piece between the two upright 2-by-4s by drilling pilot holes through the 2-by-4s into the ends of the 2-by-2s and adding screws.
Cut the remaining 2-by-2s to 93 inches. Mount one to each upright 2-by-4 making it flush with the edge. Drill pilot holes through the 2-by-2s and screw them to the 2-by-4s.
Set the lattice into the channel on the bottom piece and hold it flat against the two 2-by-2s. Screw the remaining two 2-by-2s to the 2-by-4 sides to hold the lattice securely in place.
Fit the channel in the top piece onto the lattice. Screw the top piece between the upright 2-by-4s the same as the bottom piece. The lattice trellis is complete.
Give the trellis a coat of water sealer to keep it from rotting.