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Trellises: An Alternative to Traditional Fencing

Create Your Private Oasis with Trellises

Here at H Potter, one of our favorite and our family of customer’s favorite gardening products are trellises. They can serve so many different functions as both practical gardening tools or as decorative pieces of art. All of these uses are great ways to use all of our trellises at H Potter or any other existing trellises you may have in your garden.

New Trends in Fencing

In this article we want to present to you something that’s a bit of a new trend in the wonderful world of trellises. In recent months we’ve seen a significant growth in people everywhere using them to create a trellis fence around their houses. These fences have been a part of full fence structures as well as serving as simple privacy screens around the homeowners property. Trellises are certainly an alternative method that doesn’t follow the traditional constructs of wooden, chain-link, or even plastic that you’ll see at the majority of homes.

We here at H Potter are certainly not the foremost experts in the world of fencing, particularly traditional fencing, but we do have many years of experience both marketing and using trellises around the home and think we can present an accurate picture of what a trellis fence brings to the table and the proper ways to create one.

Trellises as fencing gives the homeowner a significantly greater ability to control the artistic touch

Not an Ordinary Fence

A trellis fence is a great way to diy.  While there are certainly many ways that typical fencing can be done, trellises as fencing gives the homeowner a significantly greater ability to control the artistic touches that go into the build. Having a trellis screen that is durable and will stand for as long as an ordinary fence is an important part of this process. So make sure that you are picking a metal trellis with an outdoor finish that will service you as long or comparably as long as regular fencing materials will. This step will be an important factor in building a perimeter structure that will last for longer than a year or two is paramount to the success of using a trellis as a fence.

Stabilize with Metal Ground Stakes

Having sturdy fencing material is an absolute must when you are putting up a screen, but so is having both the proper ground and stakes to anchor the metal poles in the ground. Make sure that the ground where the trellis will be placed is solid enough that the trellis fence and any accompanying plant growth will be supported by ground stakes. Ground stakes should be planted as deeply into the ground as possible, so that the trellis will have the most possible stability. If the ground is too loose to support the weight or to securely anchor the ground stakes, reevaluate where you want to place the fence. At least 2-3 stakes should be firmly anchored, to provide the minimum structure for the trellis to properly stand and hold climbing and crawling plants. Remember that your fencing will not serve its intended purpose if you don’t have a solid base. Building on this base is the key to successful trellis fencing, so make sure to take the time to scout out and plan where you will stake into the ground.

Climbing plants are able to crawl throughout the trellising structure, creating a natural fencing effect.

Plants the Finishing Touch

The style and pattern of the metalwork that is used as either fencing or even just as a privacy screen is important to making sure the trellis fence will function for the job you want it to do. Most homeowners who use H Potter trellises as fencing will want to grow plants up along the fence to create a hedge like feel. To create this effect, screen trellises are often used, these trellises provide a grid pattern and the most surface area for plants to climb up and along to create some privacy and a true fencing effect.

They are usually structured in regular lattice type construction that provides a number of different holds for creeping and climbing vines and branches to work up. So remember that when you’re looking at different designs, look for the right fence structure as well as a fencing material that will last for a longer period of time. Having these initial bases covered will only make for the best experience of using trellises as either fencing or as a privacy screen.

Climbers or Crawlers

Finally, the homeowner will need to choose a plant to grow within the trellis to complete the fencing. While trellises on their own are able to act as a physical fencing material, for an added level of privacy, adding some climbing plants to the trellis does the trick. Climbing plants are able to crawl throughout the trellising structure, creating a natural fencing effect. This type of fencing means that you will not only have the beautiful outline of your metal trellis, but will also have the accompanying beauty of nature, and often some flowering blooms.

This elegant explosion of green is the perfect way to create a privacy screen for your backyard, allowing you to enjoy the peace of the garden in the backyard. Look for climbing plants like clematis or wisteria as the perfect complements to trellising for their climbing ability and fantastic colors. Using trellising as fencing is a creative and artistic way to add some character to your home, so if you feel like jumping on this trendy pattern there’s no time like the present!

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