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A natural trellis made from backyard branches can add both decorative detail and functionality to any garden. Try these six simple steps to build your own.
Step 1: Select your branches.Scout out branches in your yard that are about 2" thick. Using the Fiskars PowerGear2 Lopper (32"), cut some branches into 4' pieces and some into 3' pieces for building your trellis frame. These sizes can be adjusted to fit your garden area.
Step 2: Clean up branches.Remove any smaller branches or twigs from the main branch using Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner. This will leave you with clean branches that are easier to join together into your trellis.
Step 3: Choose your metal wire.Flexible metal wire is a great material to join your branches together. Cut a large length into a number of 6" pieces using the Cuts+More Scissors (9").
Step 4: Wrap branches together.Lay your cut branches into a grid pattern that fits neatly into your garden and use the cut pieces of wire to wrap together. This will give growing plants like tomatoes and cucumbers a stable base to cling to.
Step 5: Position trellis.Place the trellis in back of a raised bed or garden area and hammer in place using the Fiskars IsoCore 3 lb Club Hammer (11"). Be sure to tap in place securely so the trellis won't fall over once your plants begin to lean on it for support.
Step 6: Weave plants into place.Now that your trellis is secure, weave climbing plants and tomatoes through the trellis to hold them up and keep them elevated throughout the growing season.
In this specific project, because my trellis was part of a square foot pizza gardenI used it to support my tomatoes and peppers, but you can grow many different veggies and flowers on a trellis. Try out some of the below to see what you like best.
Once you've decided to add a trellis into your garden, you'll quickly see all of the benefits it can offer.
- Space-Saving. One of the best things about featuring a trellis in your garden is the space-saving it allows. Instead of having you pole beans or climbing cucumbers expand and take over the rest of your garden, you can grow them vertically, allowing more room for additional produce.
- Growing Vertically. You can't grow certain plants, like ivy or Morning Glory, unless they have somewhere to climb. By installing a trellis you can introduce new plant varietals to your garden.
- Built-in privacy. Depending on the construction of your trellis, as well as the position of your garden, you can use a trellis as a built-in privacy wall.