DIY Garden Trellis for Climbing Plants is a guide to making a durable and affordable trellis for your climbing plants.
It is officially gardening season. The long-awaited winter has passed and if you are anything like me then you are deep into those garden plans. I had a jump on the season with these trellises. I am the proud builder of four total in my gardens so far.
With them, I have planted several climbing roses, Sweet Peas, and a deep ruby red Clematis that is a bit of a slow grower but her blooms are worth the wait. As they say in gardening that we work for next year. That this is a marathon and not a sprint. And although it can be hard to wait, the payoff is great.
I managed to put these up on my own, however, I don’t recommend you do. I am just an impatient person and overly determined at times. If you can get an extra person to help you, you will have these up with minimal effort. And even better, the possibility of injury will be greatly reduced.
Why I Love These Panels
Over the last several years of gardening, it has been a challenge to find a great quality trellis that not just functions well but stands up to the hot summer sun. Of all the things I have purchased for my garden, these are some of the very best purchases I have made.
When the idea for panels was introduced to me, I went nuts. Picking up four panels and placing them on the ground gave a clear delineation of the garden space around them. Not only have these held up for the last few years, but they have taken a beating and have withstood our California high temps without a mark on them. But the very best part of this DIY garden trellis is its affordability. They cost roughly 30 dollars a piece and in the world of garden trellises. This is a total steal.
What You’ll Need To Make It
Post Driver (or mallet hammer works too)
1 cattle or hog 16 ft panel
4- 4-5 ft t-posts.
Pick the location for the trellis making sure that it is free of tree roots or uneven soil. Taking the post driver, drive in a t-post on the edge of where the trellis edge will be.
Drive another about 3 ft from it on the same side to ensure the panel will stay in place. Take the other two t-posts and drive them in directly across from these two t-posts ( as pictured)
The width should be about 5 1/2 ft from the opposite t-posts. This will be your trellis walk way.
Once all four t-posts are in securely. Take the hog of the panel and walk it into a curve so that the ends of the panels are between the t-posts. This will help shape it into place. Stand it up, making sure the bottoms stay wedged between all the posts.
Once stood up, make sure it’s evenly on the ground on each side and that the curve is even before zip-tying the posts to the trellis.
Zip tie at least 3 zip ties to each t-post to make sure it’s securely in place.
These versatile trellises work great for climbing roses or vines that can be planted directly near them to train them up. They also are strong enough for melons, cucumbers, sweet peas, and grape vines.
This DIY garden trellis for climbing plants creates a durable, sturdy, and affordable garden trellis. It can be used for heavy-growing plants and ornamental-style climbing plants. I use mine for both veggies like cucumbers, melons, sweet peas, and grapes. But it works wonderfully for climbing roses, vines, and other climbing ornamental style plants just as well. I love the versatility that this garden trellis provides as well as the growing space it yields. Some climbing plants to consider:
Ornamental Climbing Plants
- Climbing Roses
- Creeping Mrytle
- Passion Vines
- Sweet Peas
- Pole Beans
- If the ground is extra hard, you can soften it by using a hose to moisten the dirt where the t-post will be hammered in.
- Make sure to have help as putting these up by yourself can be dangerous.
- Hammer all four t-posts into place before placing the panel up.
- Be sure to measure or mark the area so that you place it accurately where you want it.
- Use t-posts that are a minimum of 4 ft tall. Any shorter and sturdiness will be compromised.
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- 1 16 ft cattle or hog panel
- 4-4 ft t posts
- zip ties
- Post Driver
- Pick the location for the trellis making sure that it is free of tree roots or uneven soil.
- Taking the post driver, drive in a t-post on the edge of where the trellis edge will be.
- Drive another about 3 ft from it on the same side to ensure the panel will stay in place. Take the other two t-posts and drive them in directly across from these two t-posts (as pictured)
- The width should be about 5 1/2 ft from the opposite t-posts. This will be your trellis walkway.
- Once all four t-posts are in securely. Take the hog panel and walk it into a curve so that the ends of the panels are between the t-posts. This will help shape it into place.
- Stand it up, making sure that the bottoms are securely in between the t-posts while you do.
- Check the bottoms of the trellis to make sure it's evenly on the ground on each side and that the curve is even before zip-tying the posts to the trellis.
- Zip tie at least 3 zip ties to each t-post to make sure it's securely in place.
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