How to Make a Plant Trellis

Overview

Create a plant trellis to grow your favorite vegetables and flowers. Using wood branches will help the trellis blend in with the surroundings, allowing the flowers and plants to be the main attraction. Twigs and branches are free for the taking and are eco-friendly.

Step 1

Decide where your trellis will stand in your garden. Remove rocks and other debris from the site, then rake the soil to level it.

Step 2

Choose sturdy material. Young tree branches and saplings can be easily bent and integrated into a plant trellis. Look around your home for other materials to use. Metal components from gates and even bed frames can be used.

Step 3

Calculate the dimensions of the area where the trellis will stand, then create an outline or blueprint for a trellis to fit the space. The plants you'll grow on your trellis will help you determine the correct height.

Step 4

Use garden wire and small nails to attach the trellis pieces. Crisscross the branches over one another until you have reached the correct height and width. Wet the branches to make them more pliable.

Step 5

Bury 1 or 2 feet of the trellis. Dig a hole, then place the base of the structure in it and press the trellis firmly into the ground. Tamp the soil and place rocks around the base to secure the trellis if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Measuring tape
  • Branches
  • Garden wire
  • Nails
  • Shovel

References

  • Trellis Tricks: ACS Garden
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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.