A good trellis can be a hugely useful addition to any backyard. Whether you are growing plants or vegetables – or you just need something lovely and decorative – a trellis will usually fit the bill. Not only will it look good, but if you don’t have a lot of space in your backyard, it will allow you to use the vertical space you might otherwise not have thought about. 

There are many reasons for having a trellis, but there are also lots of different trellis types available, and it can be hard to work out which one is best for your needs, especially if you’ve never had one before. With that in mind, here are some things to consider when you’re choosing a suitable trellis for your yard. 

What Will You Grow?

The first thing to think about when you are choosing to put up trellis screens in your yard is this: what exactly are you going to be growing on and up them? Some plants will need to grow up something and will need the trellis to be strong enough to support them as they grow. Other plants will wrap around the trellis but will generally support themselves. This would mean a small or more lightweight trellis would be an ideal solution. 

Think about what you’ll be growing and understand more about how it grows and what it needs. Not only will this help you determine what kind of trellis structure you’ll be better off installing, but it will also help you decide where in your yard you need to install it. 


As mentioned above, the location of your trellis will have to be considered if you are looking for something that will help you grow what you need to grow. How much sunshine or shade do the plants you want to have in your yard need? Knowing this enables you to decide the best place to install your trellis. 

Yet this decision does more than just determine the location; it will help you choose the right kind of trellis as well. Some trellises are free-standing, while others need to be anchored to the ground. Still, some have to be fixed to a wall. Knowing the location will narrow down your options because of how it will have to be installed. 

The Climate

Obviously, trellises are made to be outside throughout the year. However, some are better equipped for different weather than others. If you live in a warm climate all year round with little chance of snow and only a small amount of rain, a more lightweight, less weatherproofed trellis will work just fine. However, if you live in a place that gets a lot of wind and rain, snow, ice, and so on, you’ll need a much stronger trellis (or one that is attached to a building, for example). Plus, it will need to be weatherproofed. 
Weatherproofing is something you can do yourself with good paint and some time and patience. However, if you can buy your trellis already weatherproofed, this will save you a lot of time and ensure that your investment is ready to use from day one.