DIY Garden Trellis {My Mother’s Day Gift}

There is a wall in my backyard that has needed a little somethin’ somethin’.  Why it took this long in my garden’s life for the answer of just what that somethin’ was to come to me?  I have no idea!  I guess I just needed to see the answer before it popped into my head.  And like so many other answers, I saw it at my best friend, Melissa’s house!

So, I can’t take credit for the design of this garden trellis … this one is very similar to Melissa’s.  And Matt did all the handy-work of putting it together.  All I did was insist on the type of fencing to go in it, and negotiate with him what the setback off of the house should be.  Oh, and I also picked the climbers that would call this trellis home.  😉

Here’s a bit about the DIY and what we used:

1)  5 x 16′ cattle fencing from Wilco, cut to 7′ and 9′ pieces

2)  2 – 10′ pressure-treated 4×4″ posts

3)  2 –  8′ pressure-treated 2 x 6″ boards

4)  1 bag of quick drying concrete

5)  Post whole digger & level

6)  Heavy duty staples & hammer

And here’s the rough, step-by-step!

Matt dug the two holes a little over 5 feet apart and 2 feet down, and 9″ off of the wall.   Originally I thought we’d be attaching this to the wall, but that wasn’t in his plan and I’m glad he nixed my idea. I’d marked out the locations for the holes by figuring out where center would be…. another one of my few contributions!

After placing the posts in the holes, he mixed the concrete and poured it in.  Since we have clay soil, he figures he probably could have been okay with just tampering down the soil around the posts really well (after all, clay is the sister to concrete) but with the way this baby will likely get hit by wind and with how much I don’t want it falling over into this garden bed, we opted for a 4 dollar bag of concrete.

He worked on making sure the posts were level while pouring the concrete and it looks like he has some sort of brace situation going on back there with the little pieces of wood.  Hmm.  I should probably have him write this post so he can explain correctly what he did.  😀

I was too distracted by his arms and the little boy in the helmet to really be paying attention.

He did the next part while I was caring for our chickens (who are still banished from our regular chicken coop) so I didn’t get any photos of the attaching of the fencing… but he had Gage help him lift the fencing back there (he wanted to attach it to the front of the posts for ease, but I needed it in the back so that it would look good).   This is part of the reason for the 9″ set back off of the wall… so that he could hammer the big staples in to attach the fencing.  I originally *thought* he’d construct the whole thing on the ground, then raise it up, place it in the wholes and be good to go.  I know so very little about what is actually possible, though, when it comes to projects like this.  Especially when there is a dense forest of plants in his way making my idea totally not plausible.

So!  He attached this fencing, to the back, which I love.   He thought we could get away with maybe chicken fencing (something not quite so thick) but I had my heart set on this stuff.  I wanted the trellis to look cool and stately even when the clematis isn’t looking that way.  Plus, with the beefy 4×4 pressure treated wood, I wanted the fencing to not disappear against the wall.  And it ties in well with the track for the barn-door under the carport and other exposed steel things we have in the same line of sight.  And …. this is the same stuff Melissa used so I already knew it looked great as a trellis … we went with it.  It came in a 16 foot piece, so even though the guys at Wilco told me they could actually wrap it somewhat around my Pilot so I could bring it home.  As much as I wanted to see them try to do that, I opted for not and Matt went back with his pick-up.

I’d purchased these clematis before the construction even started on this trellis and I could tell they loved their new home as soon as I put them in the ground and coaxed them around the fencing.  I planted 2 varieties that bloom at different times (supposedly) … but mostly because I really liked both and couldn’t decide which to go with.  This one pictured is Clematis Arabella and the other, yet to bloom one, is Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’.

It took a few weeks for the finishing touch to go up, but I feel like that helped build and draw out the excitement over this long awaited project to fill this sad wall.   So I’d only asked Matt a handful of times when he would be putting up the top pieces.  😀

He did this past weekend after borrowing the tool he needed to make that design on the end.



And there you have it …



I love it, the clematis loves it, Matt nods his head approvingly at it, and the boys haven’t tried climbing it yet.  One (of several!) garden DIY projects for the season, done.

Thanks for visiting!  Photography friends, the close-ups were taken with the 105 2.8 Macro, and the pull backs were with the 35mm.   Also, a note on the lighting … do you see how different the shadows are in the ones of Matt putting in the concrete and the others?  What a difference fulls sun vs. overcast makes!  🙂

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  • Carol - That is so cool! I can’t wait to see photos of the trellis once the clematis start to climb and are blooming. It will be simply stunning!
    How nice to have a handy hubby too! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Thank you, Carol! I am excited, too, to see the clematis become established here. I’m hoping it doesn’t look messy with the two different varieties, but time will tell! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mom - Good vision, Lacey, and good building, Matt.
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

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  • Julie - Just made one and we love it!! Can you tell me what stain color you used? Would really appreciate it!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - I love the trellis. What tool did you use to cut the wire cattle guard material?ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Hi Debbie! It was a hand-held circular saw, but I’m not sure if that is the technical name for it. 😉ReplyCancel

  • elise - I am totally doing this! Just want to know the size of nails or bolts you used to attach the top part to the posts. Also, I too will be close to a fence. How in the world did your hubby nail on the wire on the back?ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Hi Elise! I will have to check on the size of bolts, but as for attaching it to the back, Matt hammered in heavy duty staples. I know it wasn’t easy given how close the trellis was to the wall but he took that into consideration when digging the holes and determining the distance. I thought he’d just attach it first, then place the entire structure into the holes, but he opted for this route. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I love this! We just built ours but can’t for the life of us find that fence ☹️ I have my heart set on the squares and not rectangles.the search continues and thank you for the great post!ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Oh, shoot! No Wilcos near you, Katie?ReplyCancel

      • Katie - Closet one 1350 miles 😆 The big box store don’t seem to carry it so checking the small farm stores in hope for something. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - It took me a few weeks but I found the fence with the square openings- we put it up today and it looks great! Thank you 🙂 I’m wondering if your husband did the design for the top boards free hand? Also, do you think 1 x 6″ would look too flimsy? Because of our clay soil we used post anchors instead of sinking the post and I’m wondering if 2 x 2 x 6″ at the top would be too heavy? Great project!!ReplyCancel

  • Debora Cadene - I love it. This is exactly what I had in my head as I searched for the perfect trellis for my grapes. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

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