Building a Garden Trellis


A garden trellis is a beautiful addition to any garden, especially when planting climbing vines or flowers underneath one. You can start with a smaller trellis, and add onto it later if the climbing plants grow over it. They are not difficult to build, but will take some time and patience.

Step 1

Decide where you want to hang your garden trellis. It needs to be an area that is about 6 feet wide by 6 feet tall, on a flat wall or side of a house or shed.

Step 2

Put on the work gloves, then set down the five pieces of wood that are 2 inches wide by 5 1/2 feet long. Set them side by side, evenly lined up. Space them 7 inches apart

Step 3

Take the other set of boards (that are 2 inches wide by 5 feet long), and lay these boards evenly across the first set of boards, perpendicular. It should resemble a tic-tac-toe pattern. Start at the top, and lay the first board straight across, about 6 inches down from the top edges.

Step 4

Move 5 inches down from the board you just positioned, and set down the second board in the same manner. Repeat this with the rest of the boards. All the edges need to be lined up, even and straight.

Step 5

Secure all these boards together using the hammer and nails, nailing each nail in the cross-section of each board.

Step 6

Pick up the trellis and make sure it is sturdy and secure. Set it against the wall you want to secure it to, using the level. Mark on the wall where you want to hang it up. The trellis needs to be at least 5 to 7 inches from the ground to the bottom of the trellis in order for any climbing vines or plants to grow and secure themselves to the trellis.

Step 7

Secure the trellis to the wall using the screwdriver, inserting three to four hooks on the wall (on each side and the middle).

Step 8

Set the trellis on the wall on the hooks and make sure it is secure.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Tape measure
  • 5 planks of wood, 2 inches wide by 5 feet long
  • 5 planks of wood, 2 inches wide by 5 1/2 feet long
  • Hammer
  • 1-inch nails
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Hook screws
  • Level


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