How to Make a Privacy Fence With Trellis


A wide-open backyard is fun for baseball, croquet and other sports, but every yard needs a bit of privacy. There may be an unsightly view that needs to be blocked or neighbors staring down into the yard. Or just a need for a place to read, listen to the birds, or sip a cold drink without worrying that everyone is watching. A trellis made with lattice and covered with vines is an easy way to provide privacy.

Step 1

Dig a hole 30 inches deep and 8 inches wide for each post. The holes should be spaced 8 feet apart, measuring from the center of each hole to the center of the next hole. One 8-foot lattice length will need two posts. Two lattice lengths will need three posts. Three lattice lengths will need four posts.

Step 2

Mix the pre-mixed cement with water per package directions. Small amounts can be mixed in a 5-gallon bucket, larger amounts in a wheelbarrow.

Step 3

Fill each hole with 6 inches of gravel.

Step 4

Place the post in the hole and fill around it with another 6 inches of gravel.

Step 5

Fill the hole with the mixed cement to the top. Make sure the post is level with the carpenter's level, both vertically and horizontally. If necessary, brace the post with wooden stakes or heavy rocks to keep it level while the cement dries. Each post should measure 6 feet tall from the ground.

Step 6

Set a 2-foot-high sturdy box between the two posts. Rest the latticework on the box. Use bungee cords to fasten the lattice work to the post at the top and halfway down the post. The bungee cords will hold the lattice while it is being attached.

Step 7

Nail the latticework to the posts at the top and then down the post every foot. It helps to have someone hold the post steady while the latticework is being attached. Remove the bungee cords. There will be a 2-foot gap at the bottom of the post since the latticework is only 4 feet high and the post is 6 feet high. That gap will be filled by the plants.

Step 8

Dig holes for the climbing vines at each post and in the middle of the latticework. That would be three holes for each 8-foot length of latticework -- or five holes for a 16-foot-long privacy fence, or seven holes for a 24-foot-long privacy fence. Plant the vines.

Tips and Warnings

  • Cement is caustic to skin and eyes. Wear work gloves and goggles.

Things You'll Need

  • Lattice trellis pre-made in 8 feet by 4 feet lengths
  • Wooden posts 4 inches by 4 inches by 8 feet
  • Pre-mixed cement
  • Carpenter's level
  • Gravel
  • Bucket
  • Shovel
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Bungee cords
  • Vines


  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden;" Courtier et al; 2003
  • How to Build a Privacy Fence

Who Can Help

  • Resources for Cement
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About this Author

Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for