How to Install a Fan Trellis


A fan trellis is is narrow on the bottom and wider at the top. The narrow base is easy to install into the soil of any growing area, including containers. Within minutes, a gardener can simply push the fan trellis into the soil and the trellis will be ready to support climbing plants as they grow up the trellis.

Step 1

Plan the spot where you will install the fan trellis. It should be roughly 6 inches away from whatever climbing plant it will support. Gardeners often lean a fan trellis against some sort of structure (shed, house or fence).

Step 2

Loosen the soil carefully in the spot where you will install the trellis. If the climbing plant is already growing in this area, be very careful not to disturb the plant as you loosen the soil.

Step 3

Push the fan trellis into the soil by grasping the trellis near the base and inserting it into the soil. Keep pushing until you have pushed the base of the trellis approximately 6 inches into the soil.

Step 4

Firm the soil gently around the base of the trellis. If the climbing plant has long enough tendrils, start to train the plant to climb the trellis by pulling the vines up and weaving them in and around the trellis.

Step 5

Add a thin layer of mulch around the plant and the base of the trellis to conserve soil moisture and make the planting area more attractive.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Shredded mulch (wood chips or bark)


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