How to Make a Garden Trellis System


Add a trellis structure to your outdoor space to create a stunning focal point to your yard. Plant flowering vines like creeping hydrangea and jasmine to grow up around the structure. You can use the trellis to support your favorite vegetables like sweet peas and okra. As they grow up around the trellis, the green vines of the vegetables will create a lush and vibrant addition to the space.

Step 1

Choose a smooth and level soil surface for the garden trellis. Rake away all weeds, including small debris such as rocks and twigs. Smooth down the area with a leveling rake, removing remaining weeds, and ensure the ground is level using a carpenter's level.

Step 2

Use hedge posts and tree branches to build the garden trellis. Search your yard and surrounding landscapes for old tree trunks that can be sawed down to help support the trellis. Collect young sapling branches from a freshly cut bush or shrub to help fill in hard-to-reach areas of the trellis. Use the large hedge posts or pieces of wood to build the larger pieces of the design.

Step 3

Measure the garden area to determine what size your trellis should be. Think about the plants and vines you might grow to help you choose the appropriate width and height of the system. High-producing vegetable plants such as zucchini and tomatoes need a sturdy trellis system to help support the fruit.

Step 4

Attach and join the branches with garden wire and small nails. Cross the branches over each other, similar to a lattice design, until the trellis is the correct size. At the cross section of each branch, wrap wire around the branches to secure them. Twist each end of the wire to secure the branches and prevent scrapes and cuts. Allow for 10 to 12 inches at the bottom of the trellis to use as the base of the system, which can be buried into the ground.

Step 5

Dig a trench and place the bottom of the trellis system into the soil. Fill the trench back up with soil and press firmly around the base for a secure fit in the ground. For added support, secure the system to a garden wall or fence.

Things You'll Need

  • Leveling rake
  • Carpenter's level
  • Hedge posts
  • Branches
  • Measuring tape
  • Garden wire
  • Nails
  • Shovel


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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.