Trellis is the word we use to describe a latticework of crossing panels made from treated wood. Not only does it make for a visually pleasing experience, it also offers better privacy too. Solid pole-fences or brick garden walls are not as aesthetic and will cost a lot more too, especially when you add the price of labour. Trellis is available in standard panel sizes and many wood finishes too.
One of our regular London handymen says that if you’re not the DIY type, Mr-Skill is the best place to start your search for a skilled tradesperson. He goes on to advise that you need to visualise what you are trying to achieve, before erecting this type of fencing.
The Raw Materials
Typically, wood lattice panels are stock items, and come in 2 x 4 foot, 2 x 8 foot and 4 x 8 foot sections. The standard panel thickness starts at 3/8 inch, then 3/4 inch, and thicker. Common patterns include square, diamond and weave finishes with both large and smaller viewing gaps. Don’t forget the poles that you’ll need to plant for support. If you prefer, find a handyman here on Mr-Skill and leave the rest to him.
- Use builder’s string and stakes to lay out your fence line. Then, you can mark your post positions along this line, allowing for a maximum gap of 8 feet between your poles. Now, dig a hole deep enough to bury the pole footing – not too shallow or the fence may bend. Plant the pole and check it is standing straight. Fill the hole around the post with concrete, being sure to keep the upright plumb. Allow the poles time to settle, and the concrete to set.
- Check that the post height above the ground does not exceed 6 feet, the normal height permitted by your local authority. Use the string to line up the poles and trim off any excess height.
- Trim top and bottom battens to fit horizontally between the poles, and secure them as supports for the lattice panels.
- Place the lattice panels in position with the right face showing, and centre between the uprights. You are now ready to secure the trellis fence to the framework, filling any left and right gaps with panels trimmed to the correct size.
If you haven’t erected a fence yourself like this before, it’s time to pat yourself on the back if you got this far. If this sounds all too difficult then check the Mr-Skill home page and get some handymen quotes instead. Then, switch on the telly and take in Match of the Day while you wait for the professionals to complete your stunning new fence.