How to Use Logs as Edging For Plants & Make a Wall Trellis
I decided I wanted to grow something on the back of the house. It was a boring wall really; it needed a trellis. And I wanted to border it in some way but didn't want to spend much, so I decided to use logs as edging.
Materials for the trellis
The wall itself faced the sun each morning which seemed promising.
It had a wood board both left and right already attached so I decided if I strung wire there something that would vine upward would be great.
We purchased some eye screws and already had a wire from another project so we could buy something that would grow upward and outward to cover the space. We also purchased some wood stakes for the border.
1. Attach eye screws to the wood
It was simple to attach the eye screws to the wood.
2. Run the wire
And run the wire from one side to the other.
3. Make rows of wire
We made several rows of wire going up high hoping that whatever we planted would spread wide and high.
4. Trim tree branches
Then we trimmed some tree branches we'd cut down so they were as straight as possible and fit the space.
5. Stack and screw the logs
We stacked them 2 high and screwed them together, as well as to the wood stakes for stability.
6. Add landscaping fabric
We stapled the black landscaping fabric to the wood, tucked it along the back wall, and cut an X in the fabric to insert the plants with some good dirt for growth.
7. Cover the landscaping fabric
We also got some pea gravel-type pebbles to cover up the landscaping fabric. Our neighborhood has a lot of feral cats and for some reason, they don't like the pea gravel which makes me happy.
DIY log edging and wall trellis
We're hopeful the plants will grow quickly...
Come on Spring!
Below I list all materials and tools we used for this project. We had many of the tools and materials already as most of you will too. I'd estimate we have perhaps $8 in materials to make this.
For those concerned about termites I think this is no different than using wood chips as mulch I'd think. We do spray for bugs all around the house.
Here's a followup picture as it slowly starts to get some growth! I'll post another as it continues.