5 Tips For Building A Trellis


Never underestimate the value of a trellis. They provide a good way to gain color and greenery in confined areas. They can be practical or pictorial; more often they will be both.

For the above trellis project from the DIY Network, check the link below…

Building A Contemporary Designed Trellis – DIY Network

Spray painting takes the chore out of maintaining a trellis, and there are iron, copper, aluminum and other types that never need attention at all.

Sometimes you want your trellis to be as unobtrusive as possible with emphasis on the vine. Here a trellis painted the same color as the house supports a vine that gives summer shade to a southern picture window. In fall the vine loses its foliage and every ounce of winter sun penetrates indoors.

Invisible Trellis – Martha Stewart

Before making or purchasing a trellis, be sure that it is nicely proportioned and is in scale with the garden feature you propose to enhance. Imagination counted more than money here.

If you want to “get away from it all,” a vine-covered trellis gives all the privacy you could ask for and plenty of air circulation, too, or unsightly objects can be screened from view without the loss of gardening space… like hiding a garbage can.

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You may want to paint your trellis a contrasting color to that of the house. When the vines beside this doorway are dormant, an interesting design is etched against the house. No valuable ground space is lost with this doorway planting.

In designing trellises keep them simple. Stars and crescents are challenging winter workshop assignments, but such “fanciness” frequently adds up to nothing but mediocrity. Stick to squares and rectangles, perhaps a diamond now and then. See that the distance between the members is not too great for the vines to easily climb. One-foot spacing is generally maximum. Check your lumber dealer for the most weather-resistant woods.

From This Old House

Image: Kolin Smith

Installing your trellis is no problem. A low one for screening may be simply screwed to a 2- x 4-inch peg, and driven into the ground. Larger, free-standing trellises will need to be attached to 4 x 4-inch posts. Construct the trellis in sections to fit between the posts.

If you plan a trellis to go against a wood house, attach it so that air can circulate behind the vine. A hinge at the bottom block and a hook-eye at top enable you to drop the trellis for painting.

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