Having access to your very own garden is a true luxury, which is something we’ve all learnt over the past year as we navigate lockdown restrictions throughout the UK. We’re all spending more time than ever at home, so being able to step outside for a breath of fresh air whenever you need to is very welcome.
With so much extra time on our hands, it’s no surprise that more and more people are taking care of the DIY projects they’ve wanted to tackle for so long. In fact, the ONS recorded a 147% spike in the amount of time the UK spent on gardening and DIY between late March to late April 2020!
Spring will be here before we know it, so once again, we can expect to see a rise in the number of people looking for ways to improve their garden over the next few months. If you plan to be one of these people, why not consider the benefits of fitting a garden trellis?
A garden trellis can be a beautiful addition to any outdoor space, and it can also be used for many different purposes. Here’s what makes garden trellis panels so special with some of our favourite ideas on how to use them.
What are garden trellis panels?
A garden trellis is a panel with a lattice design. They are similar to fence panels but are often more decorative, making them the perfect fit for anyone who wants to enhance the visual appeal of their outdoor space. When you think of a garden trellis, you’ll probably envisage an ornamental garden fence with flowers and ivy winding between each slat.
There are two main ways to use garden trellis panels: you can either use trellis panels in place of fencing panels to put a screen around your garden, or you can attach them to the top of an existing fence for additional embellishment. How you decide to use a trellis will depend on a variety of factors, but generally, it will depend on whether you are adapting your garden for extra security or aesthetic appeal.
For example, if you would like to boost the privacy of your garden, you might opt to use a garden trellis alongside a compact fence. Your neighbours will be able to peer through the lattice design of a trellis, so this is something to bear in mind.
However, if privacy isn’t an issue for you, using lattice panels around the perimeter of your garden will offer some of the same benefits as garden fencing. For example, a garden trellis will be able to stop pets and young children from wandering out of your garden and prevent large animals, such as foxes, from accessing your outdoor space.
What are the benefits of garden trellis panels?
We’ve already touched on some of the benefits of installing a garden trellis, but there are many others to consider! In addition to being a low-maintenance and easy-to-install garden decoration:
- Garden trellis panels look beautiful. At Ilkeston Fencing, we offer a variety of different designs, including diamond lattice, square and fan.
- Garden trellis panels can let lots of light into your garden with a lattice design that doesn’t block the sun.
- Garden trellis panels can act as a stylish barrier around gardens for additional safety and security.
- Garden trellis panels come in a variety of materials. We produce ours from locally-sourced timber but plastic and iron are also popular options.
- Garden trellis panels are very versatile! You can use them in many different ways, as we’ll discuss.
When purchasing a garden trellis for your home, do your research to find a fencing company you can rely on. Your trellis panels will need to resist the elements 24/7 – just like a gate or fence – so they will need to be designed and manufactured to the highest standards.
How to use a garden trellis
One of the greatest benefits of garden trellis panels is that they can be used for many different applications! Here are some great ideas to inspire you.
Create a garden fence with trellis panels
For a decorative barrier around the perimeter of your garden, consider swapping traditional fencing panels for a garden trellis. This is an effective way to update your outdoor spaces while still preventing access to your garden.
Of course, there are some circumstances where you may prefer to use solid fence panels. As we’ve mentioned, trellis panels don’t offer the same level of privacy as solid fences. They also don’t offer the same protection against noise pollution as something like an acoustic barrier fence.
However, you can fix horizontal garden trellis panels to the top of compact fence panels to take advantage of both styles! By doing so, you can revamp your current fencing without taking away from the privacy, safety, security and noise-blocking qualities it offers.
Try your hand at vertical gardening with climbing plants
If you like the idea of transforming your garden into a green haven, consider using your trellis to support climbing plants as they grow upwards. Vertical gardening can transform an outdoor space by giving it an all-natural look, so this may be something you want to consider if you have a concrete or stone garden.
To use your garden trellis as a support for climbing plants, you will need to choose flowers and shrubs that can be tamed to grow vertically. Some of the most popular include honeysuckle, morning glory vines, petunias and jasmine. As they grow upwards, you can secure the vines and stems to the trellis slats with gardening twine or small hooks.
To make the most of your trellis, choose a combination of flowering plants and vines for a pop of colour. Some plants smell particularly beautiful, such as jasmine, and therefore make fantastic additions to every garden.
Grow vegetables with support from a garden trellis
This year, why not grow your own vegetables? This is a great way to get stuck into gardening, spend more time outdoors and save money on your food shopping! With climbing vegetables, you can also turn your vegetable patch into a truly charming part of your garden.
Vegetables with tendrils and long stems look fantastic when grown with the support of a garden trellis, which is a much more decorative and sturdy substitute for wooden stakes.
Some vegetables work better with garden trellis panels than others. For the best results, choose vegetables with stalks and stems that grow and wrap around supporting beams, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and beans.
It’s worth noting that vegetables tend to prefer natural materials as opposed to metal, so a wooden trellis panel would likely work best when vertical gardening!
Train small shrubs or trees with a garden trellis
Introducing trees to your garden has many fantastic benefits. Not only do trees look wonderful, but they also have air-purifying and noise-blocking properties. This makes them a fantastic addition to any garden, especially for people who want to welcome more wildlife into their outdoor spaces.
However, planting trees can take a lot of work. Young trees require protection against the elements, especially against strong winds, so they often benefit from extra support. One way to give young trees the support they need is to fit a garden trellis.
Trellis panels look particularly attractive when supporting trees such as wisteria, which have drooping flowers, branches and leaves, or cherry blossom trees, which are known for the stunning flowers they produce.
Ilkeston Fencing: High-quality trellis fence panels, garden gates, acoustic barriers and more in Derby and Nottingham
If you’re ready to enhance your outdoor space with a lattice-design garden trellis, look no further than Ilkeston Fencing. We supply a range of stylish, weather-treated timber trellis fencing panels, including diamond lattice, square and fan panels, at highly affordable rates. We can even accommodate bespoke requirements with a team of fencing professionals who are dedicated to bringing our customers’ visions to life.
To learn more about our range of fences and gates for domestic and commercial clients, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We serve clients throughout Nottingham, Derby and the surrounding areas and look forward to working with you!