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Top Tips: Adding a trellis to your garden? Making your own? Top Tips!

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Create a lovely shaded resting spot or a leafy green wall for your garden by adding a trellis or arbor to your outdoor space. You can either purchase ready-made lattice for this project or build your own with one of the many free tutorials found online.Once you’ve bought or built your grid, you can paint them with all natural paints that won’t harm your yard or plants — many trellis owners choose bright white or a natural finish but you could paint them any colour you fancy. We have plenty of paints ideal for this, whether you wanted a natural water based wood stain such as Auro 160, or a coloured natural paint such as Auro 250 Natural Wood Paint. Browse the full selection of natural wood paints and finishes here. Make sure you use a weather proof stain or varnish to protect it from the elements, and we have lots of suitable products depending on what you want to do.

Deciding on just the right spot for your trellis is important.Take into consideration the sunlight needs of your chosen plants. Good climbing plants that will eventually cover your trellis or arbor include Clematis, Morning Glory, Bougainvillea and assorted species of ivy.Perennials will come back year after year, but it may take some time for them to cover your lattice, so feel free to flush out your creation with some annuals in the meantime.

Hang your trellis on the side of your home or potting shed, or use sheets of lattice and build a walkthrough trellis with two tall pieces of lattice for the sides and one shorter piece to bridge them together over the top.These bridge trellises can be placed over walkways or used at gates. Either plant your climbing specimens at the base of your lattice or place them there in pots.Wrap existing tendrils around the lower part of your trellis.Secure with twine or garden ties if needed.

As your ivy or climbing plants grow, continue to help them along by winding the tendrils up the lattice, securing when necessary. With patience, sunlight and frequent watering, you’ll eventually have a gorgeous addition to your home garden!

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