Scrap Wood to Rose Trellis

July 1st, 2011 | Category: gardening


I have three 45 year old rose bushes in my backyard that I have promised not to kill. When we moved to our home on 2009, I knew virtually nothing about plants, gardening, weeding, mulching….. Needless to say, I was a little nervous when the seller (who was in her 90′s) told me her late husband planted the roses when they first moved in 45 years ago. I told her I would do my best to take care of them. Thank God for my mother-in-law, Donna, who has a great understanding of all things green. She has been such a helpful resource, and has helped me keep my lawn, landscaping, and roses looking nice and healthy!

I made my trellis out of scrap wood from an old, collapsed fence. I love the old wood and the rough edges!

What you need:

old scrap wood

1/2 in nails (I use the picture-hanging kind)

garden twine

hand saw (if needed)



Make it happen:


Find (or cut) two pieces of wood the same length. Lay out on the floor with the bottom edges touching, making a “v”. Make the top as wide or as narrow as you like. Nail pieces of wood (cut to width) down the length of your “v”. Overlap the edges a little bit on each side so you have room to wrap your twine. This can look as neat or as rustic as you like. I broke my boards for a more rough appearance.


Cut a piece of twine about twice the length of your trellis. Tie the end of your twine to top left corner of your trellis, and wrap diagonally down, and back up the front of your trellis, using your overlaps. Tie the end of the twine on the top right corner. Thats it, your done! Train your roses to climb by gently intertwining some of its stems with your trellis, and let it grow. Good luck!

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