How to: Fix A Garden Trellis to a Masonry Wall

What you will need

  • Power drill & Masonry bit
  • Garden trellis 
  • Wood screws
  • Rawl plugs
  • Spirit level
  • 2x1 battens x 2
  • Suitable Wood Preservative
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety glasses

 

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  • 1 Garden trellis’s are functional for supporting climbing plants but are also great as a decorative feature for a plain wall.
  • 2 If the timber is untreated, treat your garden trellis with a wood preservative prior to fixing. It is also important to treat your battens with a wood preservative at this stage. Top Tip: If you would like to paint your trellis there is a variety of product can be applied. For Rough Timber you can use something like Fencelife, or on Rough and Smooth Timber you could use an exterior woodstain or a vibrant Ronseal Woodland Trust Colour. There are plenty of choices.
  • 3 Hold the trellis against the wall and use a spirit level to make sure its level. The base of the trellis should ideally be positioned at least 300mm from the ground, but this will depend on the wall that you are working on.
  • 4 When your happy with the position, mark the outside edge and the top and bottom corners on the wall with a pencil.
  • 5 Do not attach the trellis directly to the wall as the plants can’t grow up behind it. To rectify this attach some vertical timber battens. Two will do in this instance but a 3rd may be needed for larger trellis. Top Tip: Standard 2x1 wooden battens will give you the space for your plants to grow up behind the trellis.
  • 6 Make sure to put on your safety goggles before drilling.
  • 7 Drill 3 holes in your battens with a drill and a wood drill bit. The holes should be positioned along the centre line of the batten, ideally 100mm from the top and bottom and one in the centre.
  • 8 Then place your batten against the wall using your previous marks. Check again with a spirit level to make sure that your battens are level.
  • 9 Make sure your drill is on hammer action. Then drill your holes in the wall through the holes in the batten using a drill and masonry drill bit. Your batten is acting as a template for your holes. Repeat this on the other side.
  • 10 Remove your batten from the wall, then place suitable rawl plugs for a solid wall into the holes and tap in place with a hammer.
  • 11 Place your timber batten up to your drilled holes and using suitable screws attach them to the wall by screwing through your batten and into the rawl plug. Repeat this on the other side.
  • 12 Place your timber batten up to your drilled holes and using suitable screws attach them to the wall by screwing through your batten and into the rawl plug. Repeat this on the other side.
  • 13 To finish simply screw your trellis to the timber battens using wood screws.