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Trellis the Ideal Backdrop for Flowering Vines

Aug 15, 2008
People have become more aware of trellises in recent years, but many don't know how to effectively get one set up in their yard. With this in mind, we'll take a look at a few ways you can a charming trellis into your backyard decor without it looking out of place.

The first is the climbing vine. These vines can be made to climb up just about anything, but look exceptional when contrasted against the backdrop of the trellis. They're also ideal for resting up against an area like a brick wall that some vines may have difficulty affixing to. With a trellis there's very little training of the climbing vine necessary. Just plant it at the base of the trellis and in no time it will climb elegantly up the trellis, wrapping and twisting its way around it.

The decision of which climbing vine to choose still needs to be made though, and this will depend on the soil and lighting conditions that are present in the area you want to place your trellis. You'll also need to keep an eye on the vine as it's starting out to ensure it's growing in the right direction. While it will have no trouble climbing a trellis as opposed to other structures, it may grow in a diagonal or even sideways manner without the proper early guidance, rather than straight up as is probably desired. This can be corrected with a bit of string or twine to help steer it in the right direction.

Climbing vines are not only a beautiful addition to a home, but they also have an insulating quality when placed right near the house. Other placement options for a trellis with climbing vines could be your carport, where the trellis could be set to block off a portion of the open carport, providing shade for your car.

Your next options for trellis use are as a screen or barrier of some kind. You could enclose a small garden area or patio area with trellises for increased privacy and a great look. Many trellises exist that are suited solely for this purpose, with much narrower gaps between the wooden slats. These can be used in a variety of places to give an additional sense of security and privacy to your yard or home. The trellis can also be painted in any number of colors, as you may want a darker tone when using a trellis as a privacy screen as opposed to the traditional white trellis.

Finally, trellises can see use as a means of enhancing any container gardens you have or pool landscape. No matter the size of the container, you can take a suitable sized length of trellis and give that perfect finishing touch to your piece. Trellises are also functionally important for some vegetable gardens, specifically with tomato plants which often struggle under their own weight. Tying them to a trellis is the most logical way to avoid the plant becoming overburdened, while still keeping your yard looking fashionable.
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