Trellises are a fantastic way to add height, variety, and structure to your garden. Many climbing plants, like clematis, require extra support which trellis can offer without blocking the light for your plants below. Also ideal for creating separate zones or enclosures in your garden, trellis provides a practical solution that enhances and elevates your garden design.
But how do you fix a trellis to a fence panel?
You might be surprised to hear – it’s actually quite simple. Most trellis panels can be attached to the post using wood screws, directly through the vertical side batten. This is the most straightforward (and secure) method.
• choose a wood screw of the right length by measuring it against the width of the trellis slat, and into the fence post, accounting for a small gap in between the two.
• align the trellis with the fence post – this is considerably easier with assistance to keep it straight – then simply drill the screw through the outer trellis slat and into the fence post. To make the job simpler, you can drill pilot holes beforehand. A screw near the top and a second near the bottom should be appropriate.
A panel bracket is another option but is only necessary if the type of trellis panel you have isn’t suitable for screwing directly into the post. If this is the case for you, a Z bracket is the one to use.
At Cheltenham Fencing, we have beautifully designed trellis panels with square and diamond lattice effects available. We also offer convex or concave shaped panels and fans that create a statement feature to enhance the appearance of your garden.
Feeling inspired? If it’s time for an upgrade, why not switch out your panels for one with an integrated trellis top?
What do I need to do if my fence panels aren’t tall enough?
If your fence panels aren’t tall enough for a trellis, you may like to add a decorative trellis topper. This allows you to add height and get all the benefits of a trellis, without effecting your existing fencing. Although, you will need to consider the height of the fence posts and if they can accommodate the extra panelling. Considering this, you may need a post extension or replacement in order to make the change.
What if it is a non-standard panel width?
Our parent company, Walford Timber, offers bespoke sizes of trellis panels. Because every fence panel manufactured by us is made to the same high quality, there is no need to compromise on design. If you are interested in made-to-measure fence panels, please contact our expert team on 01442 866264.
What do I need to install a trellis panel?
• Your choice of trellis panel, we recommend the Omega lattice panel.
• Galvanised nails.