Designing A Trellis For Your Garden Is Easy!

Designing and planting a trellis for your garden is a simple do it yourself project that adds loads of visual impact to your yard.

A Trellis is a wonderful structure for a flower garden. It adds vertical height as well as an air of permanence to your garden, as well as being inexpensive and easy to maintain. You can purchase a archway or pole made of wrought iron or wood at your garden center, decide what type of flowers you want, and you are ready to go. One important fact to keep in mind is that these flowers and vines will grow tightly around the support, making it difficult to maintain the structure. If you choose wood for your trellis, make certain that it is pressure treated. When choosing your flowers you should take into consideration the amount of sun and moisture the area gets, as well as how permanent you plan on the trellis to be. If you want to move your trellis to a new location next year, or are not sure you will like the location, plant annuals around it, to make it easier to move. Other than that, simply make sure that the flower is compatible with the zone that you live in, this information should be available right on the pot.

Some good choices of flowers would be Climbing Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Morning Glory, Jasmine, Black Eyed Susan Vine, Bougainvillea Vine and Clematis. Wisteria is a popular choice for arbors and trellis', but it can be very invasive, and is a heavy plant. It should only be planted on permanent structures. Once you have decided on your plants and your trellis, you are ready to plant. Keep in mind that if you are placing a trellis near your house, you want to leave room between the trellis and the wall for air to circulate. This helps to keep the plant healthier, as well as protects your home from mildew problems. Dig a hole for your plant about six inches away from the support. Plant the flower as you would any other, mixing some compost in the dirt and backfilling the hole. Water the plant thoroughly. Take some fabric plant ties or some strips of panty hose and tie the stems of the plant to the trellis loosely. Fertilize the plant regularly, and trim back any odd growing stems. This will keep it growing in an upright, attractive manner. Plants that have woody stems should be trimmed in the fall to prevent infections. Any time that you do any type of pruning remember to take your time. Trim off a branch, stop and step back and look at the plant, and then continue. If you take off too much or in a lop-sided manner, it is very hard to disguise. Another point to keep in mind is that you always want to have sharp pruning tools. Keeping your tools sharp is one of the best things that you can do for your plants. A sharp tool causes a neat clean cut, where a dull tool will leave ripped and ragged edges, which are prime areas for infection and disease to enter the stem.

Fertilize your plants every spring and continue to coax them up your trellis, and you will soon have a magnificent addition to your garden. Remember to check the fabric ties often, and do not let them get so tight that they cut into the stem of the plant.



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