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Questions about anchoring found trellis

Posted by Leah45 6a (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 3, 13 at 14:44

Hello, all. I posted this on the Garden Junk forum, but so far I've had no takers. Since the trellises are intended for roses, I hope someone here may be able to give some advice.

This is my first post here, though I've been reading comments by gardenweb folks for a few years now. My neighbor just discarded what I assume was an outdoor bench, and I quickly snagged the pieces to make into trellises. I'm unsure how to secure them for the best stability and longevity. I've been considering driving rebar into the ground on either side, possibly sliding conduit over that and attaching it to the trellises with conduit straps. Would that be enough support? The wood is really heavy, so I was thinking I'd lean them against the house. Do I need to secure them in some way at the top? And should I bury them or keep them elevated in some way? Any feedback would be very much appreciated!


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RE: Questions about anchoring found trellis

I would look at using the chainlink fence posts for the support for the bench parts. I have smacked a ton of those in using the fence post smacker (the wrong name for it I am sure) They also sell straps meant to hold sections of fencing to the post. I use those to attach other things to posts. I would buy those and some carriage bolts to attach and keep away from the house. (don't want to give critters a nice ladder to get indoors on)

I would put the posts in behind the trellis and rather deep

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RE: Questions about anchoring found trellis

Thank you! I'll give that a shot. That sounds much sturdier than what I had in mind.

RE: Questions about anchoring found trellis

I really like your idea!
I would purchase 4X4 outdoor lumber posts. Use a post hole digger and sink the posts into the ground. I would then attach the benches to the posts vertical as trellises. Paint the posts the same color as the trellises.
Make sure the above ground height of the posts is at least 2/3 of the height of the trellis.

This post was edited by lsst on Mon, Jun 3, 13 at 19:21

RE: Questions about anchoring found trellis

That's a great find.

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