How to Build a Lattice Trellis


A trellis can become a beautiful addition to your garden while at the same time keep your climbing plants out of trouble. These plants will attach to and climb just about anything, including trees, other plants, your fence and your house. The last thing you want to do is kill a wonderful climber because you don't like it getting out of control. Lattice is great to work with because you can fashion it to the design you want with just a saw and install it just about anywhere. This is not a difficult project and can be completed in a couple of hours.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 by 8 foot lattice board
  • Lattice molding
  • Wood glue
  • 1 1/2-inch galvanized brads
  • Galvanized 2-inch nails
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Two 10 foot pressure treated 4 by 4-inch posts
  • Post hole digger
  • Gravel
  • Hand tamper
  • Measure the molding and miter cut the ends to make a frame for the lattice board. Slip one section of the molding on the side and one on the top. Place wood glue on the joint and push together. Using galvanized brads, nail the joint of the frame together. Repeat for the rest of the frame.

  • Decide where you will place the trellis. Measure the space inside the molding of the lattice from side to side. Center your post holes according to this measurement. For instance, if the molding is 1-inch in width, the outside of the posts would be 3 feet 10 inches apart, or the centers would be 3 feet 8 inches. Dig down 2 1/2 feet.

  • Fill the hole with 6 inches of gravel. This will keep the water drained away from the bottom of the post.

  • Lay the posts down so the ends are right at the holes. Place the lattice over the posts and mark the bottom where the posts will be located. Use a utility knife and cut away the bottom molding where the post will be so the lattice will lay flat on the posts.

  • Place the lattice back on top of the posts so the top of the post is just below the trim. Nail the lattice to the posts with galvanized nails in several places.

  • Lift the trellis and place the posts in the holes. The lattice should be 1 to 2 inches above the ground. If it is not, you may want to add a little more gravel. Back fill the dirt and tamp it down.

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