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How To Build a Trellis

A simple trellis is a beautiful addition to any backyard garden.


  • Step 1: Thread the plastic-coated wire through the top left post screw eye. Knot the wire around the loop, string it across, and thread it through the top screw eye on the right post. Thread the wire through the screw eye below that one, and string it back across to the left post. Continue to string the wire horizontally between the two posts, and tie it off on the bottom left post screw eye.
  • Step 2: Hang vines on the wires of the trellis, and admire the latest addition to your garden.
  • FACT: Fresco paintings from 2,000 years ago show the ancient Romans used trellis-work fences.
  • Step 3: Beginning an inch from the tops of the posts, measure across the two posts and mark each the inside of each post so you can drill on these marks later. Make a new mark every 8 inches down the two posts. Drill the screw eyes into the marks, twisting the eyes so they're facing the ground.
  • TIP: Add the finials to the tops of the posts if you like. Drill two small holes on each side of the ornament, and nail through the holes to the posts with galvanized nails. Repeat with the other post.
  • Step 4: Mark the post holes 5 feet apart from each other. With the posthole digger, dig a hole 3 feet deep at each mark. Put a 6-inch layer of gravel in each posthole.
  • Step 5: Insert the first cedar post in a hole. Use your level to make sure the post sits straight in the ground. When it's straight, use scrap pieces of 2 x 4 to hold it still and in place. Repeat with the other post.
  • Step 6: Mix enough quick-setting concrete in the wheelbarrow for one post only. Pour the concrete into the hole until it's level. Check the post one more time with the level to make sure it's straight; then use the trowel to smooth the concrete into the hole. Repeat with the other post, and let the concrete set for one hour.
  • Step 7: Soak the bottom 2 ½ feet of each cedar post in wood sealer over night. Allow it to dry. Choose a grassy spot for your trellis, near a wall, if you want.

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