Step 13: Install the Trellis

install the trellis
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Lay the trellis on its face, with the foot of the uprights adjacent to the holes in the ground. Tilt the trellis into place (get a friend to help with the lifting). Set a level on the bottom edge of the trellis, and add gravel where needed to bring it up to level; check it for plumb. Once you're satisfied with the positioning, hold the trellis in place with 2x4s screwed to the sides as stabilizers. Fill the holes with soil mixed with some gravel, tamping it down every 6 inches. Fill the top few inches with soil. Remove the stabilizing 2x4s, and plant climbing vines and flowers as desired.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • speed square
      Speed square
    • straightedge guide
      straightedge
    • combination square
      combination square
    • chisel
      chisel
    • hand saw
      handsaw
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • two-foot level
      2-foot level
    • post hole digger
      posthole digger
    • 7 foot digging bar
      digging bar
    • pointed shovel
      shovel
    • tamper
      small hand tamper

    Shopping List

    1. Cedar or pressure-treated 2x4s for the frame. Keep in mind that two adjoining trellis panels will share one vertical frame piece.

    2. Cedar or pressure-treated 1x1s for the stops that hold the lattice.3. Cedar or pressure-treated lattice fencing comes in 4-by-8-foot sheets. If you're building more than one panel, get both straight and diagonal lattice. 4. Cedar or pressure-treated 2x6—to cap the tops of the panels.

    5. ¾-inch gravel for drainage in the postholes. Four 50-pound bags will be enough.

    6. 1 5/8-inch self-tapping deck screws

    7. 3-inch self-tapping deck screws