How to Attach Garden Trellis to a Fence Panel or Wall
The Benefits of Garden Trellis
Trellis, also known as lattice, not only looks attractive in its own right, it is also the perfect way to train climbers.
This means that you can create a uniquely beautiful garden fence or add interest to an otherwise unremarkable brick wall.
Trellis is a wonderful way to enhance your garden and, if you erect it correctly, you can enjoy its benefits for many years to come.
Trellis Fence Toppers
Trellis toppers not only make your garden fence look more appealing, they also help you improve your garden's privacy by increasing the height of your fence run.
How to Attach A Trellis Fence Topper
Adding a trellis topper to a fence panel is a relatively simple job as long as you remember the following key points:
Check Your Fence Panels and Tools Before You Start
Quality fence panels are of paramount importance to the success of this project.
If a fence panel warps and bends when you pick it up, chances are it is too flimsy for the job, so a sturdy panel is essential.
Galvanised screws or nails are also vital in order to prevent rust from ruining the panels' appearance.
It's Easier with Two
You can complete the job by yourself but it's much easier when you get a friend to hold everything steady whilst you fix the battens and then the trellis.
Your friend can also reach for the elusive spirit level as it falls just out of reach at that all-important moment.
How to Attach Trellis Panels to A Wall
Use Wooden Battens
Fix the battens to the wall using plugs and screws. This creates a strong framework on which to fix the wall trellis.
The most important benefit of the battens is that they hold the trellis away from the wall. This gap can be utilised by your climbers.
Without the gap, there won't be sufficient space and the plants will simply flop forwards.
The gap also allows air to circulate, preventing fungal infections.
Choose the Right Battens
Ideally, the size of each batten shouldn't be wider than the wood used in the trellis – this means that the battens will be hidden from view.
Fix a batten at each end of the trellis and, if the trellis is large, place one across the middle, horizontally.
Choose wooden battens that are pressure-treated. They come with a long guarantee against rot and will save you the tricky job of having to replace them after a few years.
Consider the Size of the Fully-Grown Climber
A newly-planted climber is usually small and therefore lightweight. It is unlikely to do any damage.
However, a fully-grown rose or wisteria can pull away poorly-fixed trellis from a wall or destroy poor-quality wood.
Therefore, always choose high-quality trellis from a trusted supplier, such as Buy Fencing Direct.
Trellis Fence Panels
Remember, we don't just stock trellis toppers and wall trellis.
We love all garden trellis and stock a superb full range of trellis fencing.
Updated 04.06.19 by The Buy Fencing Direct Blog Team