How to Create a Trellis Out of Bamboo

Overview

Bamboo shoots can be used to make a lovely, long-lasting trellis. You can find them naturally growing in yards and along creeks. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-cut bamboo at your local hardware store to build a bamboo trellis. Nestle your bamboo trellis inside a flower garden to create height and depth to the garden. Use the structure as a backdrop for growing vegetable vines such as tomatoes and squash. Creeping flowers such as jasmine and moonflowers look stunning against the bamboo shoots. For larger spaces, build more than one trellis and place them together for a beautiful design.

Step 1

Measure the spot where the bamboo trellis will stand to ensure the dimensions are accurate. Draw up a blueprint of the trellis to guide you through the building process. Take into account any heavy vines or vegetable crops you'll support to help you decide the ideal width and height of the trellis.

Step 2

Cut the bamboo above the node of each cane, the solid area of the bamboo, using a hand saw. This will guarantee water does not amass inside the open ends, which are below the nodes, and create mildew and mold within the shoots. Cut the newly trimmed canes to your preferred size.

Step 3

Crisscross the bamboo canes over each other, forming a lattice shape. Attach the bamboo canes together using galvanized wire; make sure you are using a flat surface. At each intersecting point of the canes, wind the wire around three to four times. Twist the ends together to ensure the canes are securely attached. Allow one quarter of the bottom part of the bamboo to be the "feet" of the trellis.

Step 4

Dig a hole for the feet of the bamboo trellis. Insert the feet into the dug holes and fill up remaining sides with soil. Press firmly down to ensure the trellis fits snugly into the ground. Alternatively, or for extra support, attach the bamboo trellis to an outdoor fence or wall.

Step 5

Plant creeping vines or flowers into the soil at the base of the bamboo trellis. Water the plants once or twice per week depending upon weather conditions and until they become fully established. Layer 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of the flowers to help hold in moisture.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Handsaw
  • Galvanized wire
  • Shovel
  • Mulch

Who Can Help

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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.