How to Create a Trellis Netting Garden: A Comprehensive Guide

DIY trellis netting

DIY Trellis Netting

Do you want to create a beautiful garden but don't have the space? Or maybe you have a small garden but want to make the most of it? Trellis netting is the perfect solution! A trellis is a garden support for netting plants to help create a vertical garden.

With this guide, you can learn how to create a trellis netting garden that will add beauty and functionality to your outdoor space. We'll go over everything you need to know, from selecting the right plants to using jute or hortonova trellis netting for optimal results. Let's get started!

What Is Trellis Netting and What Is It Made Of?

Trellis netting is a type of material used to support climbing plants. It is typically made from jute or hortonova, two types of fibers.


A strong, durable material that is often used in carpeting and burlap sacks.


hortonova trellis

A synthetic fiber that is similar to jute but is more resistant to sunlight and weather damage.

Heavy duty trellis netting is available in a variety of widths and lengths, and it can be cut to fit any size garden bed or frame. Many gardeners prefer trellis netting because it is an inexpensive way to support climbing plants without damaging the plant's stems. Additionally, trellis netting can be reused for several growing seasons.

Which Plants Grow On Trellis Netting?

Trellis netting is a type of support structure that is often used for climbing plants. Many different types of plants can be grown on trellis netting, including ivy, roses, and grapevines.

jute trellis netting

When choosing trellis netting for your plants, it is important to select a material that will be strong enough to support the weight of the plants. In addition, you will need to choose a trellis netting that has the right spacing between the wires or mesh in order to allow your plants to grip the surface.

Once you have selected the appropriate trellis netting, you can start training your climbing plants to grow up and around the structure.

What Does Trellis Netting Do For The Plants?

Trellis netting provides plants with support as they grow and can help to increase yield by allowing more fruits or vegetables to mature.

In addition, trellis netting can improve air circulation around the plant and reduce disease pressure. When selecting trellis netting for your garden, it is important to consider the type of plant you are growing as well as the climate conditions in your area.

Supplies You Will Need

  1. Wood or metal stakes: These will serve as the main support posts for your trellis. The number of stakes will depend on the size of your trellis and the number of tomato plants you have. A common recommendation is to use 1x1 or 2x2-inch wooden stakes. The length of the stakes will depend on the desired height of the trellis. A minimum length of 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) is usually recommended to provide sufficient support.
  2. Wooden or metal posts: These will be used to create the horizontal support beams for the trellis. The number and length of the posts will depend on the desired width and height of your trellis. Metal stakes are often made of galvanized steel or PVC-coated steel. They can vary in thickness and length. A diameter of 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1.3 to 1.9 cm) is commonly used. The length should be at least 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) or longer, depending on your desired trellis height.
  3. Hortova or jute netting
  4. Nails or screws: You will need these to secure the stakes, posts, and trellis grid together. Choose appropriate nails or screws based on the materials you are using (e.g., wood screws for wooden components).
  5. Hammer or screwdriver: You will need a hammer to drive the stakes into the ground and secure the nails, or a screwdriver if you opt for screws.
  6. Measuring tape or ruler: These will help you accurately measure and mark the locations for the stakes and posts, ensuring proper spacing and alignment.
  7. Level: A level tool will help you ensure that your trellis structure is straight and properly aligned.
  8. Hand saw or electric saw: Depending on the type of wood or metal you're using, you may need a saw to cut the stakes, posts, or trellis grid to the desired lengths.

How Do You Set Up Trellis Netting?

Here are step-by-step instructions to build a garden trellis:

1. Determine the desired location

Choose a suitable spot in your backyard that receives adequate sunlight and has enough space for the trellis structure.

2. Measure and mark the trellis dimensions

Use a measuring tape or ruler to determine the desired width and height of your trellis. Mark the locations where the stakes and posts will be positioned.

3. Prepare the stakes

Cut the wooden or metal stakes to the desired length using a saw if needed. The length should be around 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) or longer for proper support.

4. Prepare the posts

Cut the wooden or metal posts to the desired length using a saw. The length will depend on the desired width of your trellis. For stability, the posts should extend a few feet above the ground and be deep enough to be securely anchored.

5. Position and anchor the stakes

Place the stakes at the marked locations along the edges of your trellis. Use a hammer or mallet to drive them firmly into the ground, ensuring they are vertical and evenly spaced. Leave enough height above the ground to attach the horizontal support beams.

6. Attach the horizontal support beams

Place the wooden or metal posts horizontally across the stakes at the desired height. Use nails or screws to secure them to the stakes, ensuring they are level and properly aligned.

7. Create the trellis grid

Attached the hortonova or jute netting to the support system.  Use additional twine if necessary.

Optional: Add additional stability

If desired, you can attach brackets or connectors to reinforce the connections between the stakes, posts, and support beams. This will provide extra stability to your trellis structure.

Plant your plants!

Once the trellis structure is complete, it's time to plant your plants at the base of the trellis. Make sure to position them near the trellis grid, so they can easily climb and be trained along the supports as they grow.

Additional Information

We have garden trellis netting for sale. Also, see our entire selection of plant supports for your garden.

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