How to Build a Garden Lattice


Garden lattices can be fanciful, decorative or serve useful purposes. They can be used to wall off sections of the garden or create shady areas. Lattices can also provide areas of privacy and support to plants. A lattice can give your garden added interest when surrounded by colorful blooms and a large stone bench.

Step 1

Cut your sheet of lattice work to a 4-by-6 foot rectangle. Do not rush cutting the lattice or the edges will splinter. Have someone brace the sheet while you cut so the lattice does not flop around. Wear safety glasses while cutting to protect your eyes from flying debris.

Step 2

Cut two 1-by-2 inch boards to measure 4 feet long. Cut two more that measure 5 feet 9 inches long.

Step 3

Attach one 4-foot section to the top of the lattice sheet. Use 1-inch galvanized screws to connect the pieces. Attach the 5 foot 9 inch long boards down the sides of the lattice sheet and the last 4-foot board across the bottom. You should now have a framed piece of lattice.

Step 4

Dig two holes 18 inches deep that are 4 feet apart. Place the 4-by-4 boards in the holes and back fill with the removed soil. Use a level to check that the posts are standing straight. Pack the dirt firmly around the posts.

Step 5

Line the framed lattice up with the top of the posts. Screw the lattice into the posts. There should be about 6 inches of clearance near the bottom.

Step 6

Apply a weatherproof stain to the entire piece to protect the wooden structure from the change in seasons.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use pressure-treated wood. Pressure-treated wood used to be treated with chromated copper arsenic and was very toxic to plants. Since 2003, alkaline copper quaternary or copper azole has been used and is classified as safe for people, animals and plants. Copper-based treatments to lumber will corrode most metal hardware like nails and screws. If you opt to use pressure-treated wood, wear gloves, safety goggles and respiratory masks. Do not burn pressure-treated scrapes. Dispose of them in the regular trash.

Things You'll Need

  • Lattice sheet
  • Skill saw
  • Safety glasses
  • 4 1-by-2- inch boards
  • Electric screw driver
  • 1-inch galvanized screws
  • Shovel
  • 2 4-by-4 inch boards 8 feet long
  • Construction level
  • Weatherproof stain
  • Paint brush


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Keywords: garden lattice, pressure treated wood, shade screen

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.