Paul has been upgrading his home for the past five years. This labor of love has proved to him that learning is a lifelong journey.
Completed Garden Trellis
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How To Build A Bamboo Trellis For Your Garden and Make Your Garden Beautiful
I've always wondered How to Build a Bamboo Trellis, or anything out of bamboo for that matter. Bamboo adds such a natural warmth to any area of your home. I have seen bamboo used extensively in pool side huts and bar stands, gardens, and patio furniture to name a few.
Bamboo can enhance a garden to add a zen like meditational quality. You can turn a plain outside wall into a beautiful feature area for climbing plants. I had a few areas in my yard where I wanted to enhance the look, bamboo was a natural choice.
First you will need to purchase the bamboo stocks. I strongly suggest to check out the most unlikely of places. You can pay a lot for bamboo, especially the thicker stocks. I have seen bamboo in lumber stores, gardening centers and even home stores like Walmart, but the best price I found for bamboo was in the most unlikely place, a dollar store!
The dollar store had both thick stock bamboo in 7 foot lengths and also thin bamboo stocks in shorter lengths. For my bamboo trellis, I decided to use only the thick stock bamboo and purchased all they had in stock, enough for two projects. For your bamboo project, check out your local dollar stores first, that could save you a bundle.
Bamboo Trellis in Many Colors
Garden Trellis Tying the Knot
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How to Make a Bamboo Trellis - Tying the Knot
Once you have your bamboo stocks, you will also need to purchase a natural twine for tying the knots that will hold your bamboo in place. You can choose between a variety of colors and thickness for the twine. Choose the color that will either enhance your bamboo or simply blend in. The thinner twine is easier to tie knots with, but also breaks easier. I chose a medium thickness natural twine for my bamboo garden trellis.
Decide on how you want the bamboo to overlap. Place all the bamboo stocks on the ground in the layout of your design. This way you can clearly see if you want to move or change any of the pieces. If your bamboo comes in different colors, this is a great time to make the color placements to achieve the look you have in mind.
Start with a single outer overlap area, rollout a generous amount of twine, 5 to 6 feet. Start winding around one stock twice, then cross over the other stock and wind twice around again. Always wind twice around every time. Continue cross winding the stocks until both stocks have been wound across twice in every direction. Then tie a simple knot on the top side, and wrap around twice to the back side. Then tie a triple knot on the underneath side and cut off any excess twine. You can repeat the above process for a stronger bind if necessary, but two times around in each direction would be the minimum.
Once you have completed the first overlap area, continue the same process to tie all remaining overlap areas together. Once you've done a few, you will find It only takes about five minutes per overlap.
When you have completed tying your bamboo stocks together, you are now ready to mount the bamboo trellis into place. There are several ways to secure the bamboo trellis, one is to dig a trench, 10 to 12 inches deep and place the bamboo stocks into the trench. Have some one hold the bamboo trellis upright while you fill in the trench and pack in around the stocks. This works well in an open upright location,
Another method to secure the bamboo trellis is to secure it to a wall area. You can lean the bamboo trellis against an outside wall and secure it to the wall with hooks or you can drill holes into the wall and feed the twine through. Then wrap the twine around the bamboo trellis stocks and tie to the wall. This works well for a fence or shed area.
Your vines and crawling plants will love to climb up and around the bamboo trellis. This will create a beautiful zen like garden area or enhance an existing area of your yard. Now that you know how to make a bamboo trellis, tell two friends and enjoy!
Another Backyard Project
- How to Build a Waterfall Meditation Pond
Create your own waterfall meditation pond. Relax to the soothing sound of water cascading over rocks. You can build your very own private zen garden, a place to escape.
Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on November 01, 2011:
This is such an easy project for anyone to take on. They really do add a nice touch to a garden, I'll add new pictures next year once the Honey Suckles grow more! Thanks for the Vote Derdriu!
Derdriu on November 01, 2011:
Carcro: Very nice! Thank you for the refreshingly easy approach to an endearing and enduring bamboo trellis. Trellises are so environmentally friendly in facilitating proper air, light and moisture through the frame and the clinging plant.
Voted up, etc.,
Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 18, 2011:
Thanks for commenting kerlynb, bamboo is easy to work with too. It has that natural appeal and can be tied together in so many ways.
kerlynb from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^ on October 18, 2011:
Wow, it's not that difficult to make. I can make this one! We have plenty of bamboos in my area. Making them into a trellis would be a wonderful idea. Many thanks!
Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 24, 2011:
Thank so much for the great comments, bamboo is really easy to work with too, can make almost anything...
RedElf from Canada on August 24, 2011:
Voted "awesome" and "Up" - what an eye-pleasing and interesting article!
Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 23, 2011:
Thanks so much Dolores! There is so much you can do with bamboo, really adds a nice touch to your yard or even inside your home. We had some kids swing off our front arch trellis, bent a bit. But it was some kids we knew, caught em in the act, kids will be kids...
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 23, 2011:
Voted up and awesome! I love bamboo! I made a bamboo archway into the yard, years back when there were kids all over the place. Someone must have tried to swing on it because the cross pieces were snapped and the whole thing became unstable. But it was a fun project! Never did find out who did it.
Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 16, 2011:
I am a little behind on my replies, but I really appreciate all of your comments. This is one of my easier projects that anyone can easily build to enhance their yard. I always try to create something that will enhance a relaxing type of environment. Warm and inviting I always say. Thanks so much ro reading...
RTalloni on August 01, 2011:
Great project you have highlighted in this hub. Thanks for the details and photos!
Om Paramapoonya on July 19, 2011:
This looks really cute and not too difficult to make at all. I love bamboo furniture, bamboo décor, bamboo everything lol Thanks so much for sharing this. Rated up and useful. :)
anglnwu on July 17, 2011:
Your project looks like a page from my childhood backyard--bamboo was easily found and the twine was the go-to-string for tying everything. Thanks for green-friendly hub.