One of the questions the Water Authority xeriscape inspector gets asked most often is how to inexpensively build a trellis for vines. You can make a DIY trellis from materials that are easy to find at your local hardware store. Off-the-shelf trellises can be expensive, and more than likely they are too small. Most homeowners are looking for a trellis to go next to a house or concrete block wall or to divide spaces. Below are two trellis options that will suit those needs.

Freestanding Trellis


4”x4” post (height according to specific project need)

42”x84” steel wire remesh sheet or welded wire mesh

12 fence staples

Asphalt emulsion waterproofing paint or spray paint



Shovel or post hole digger


Paint brush

Measuring tape


Step by Step

Step 1: Dig holes for post.

Step 2: Apply waterproofing paint to the section of the posts that will be buried.

Step 3: Set post in hole. Measure and level post. Once leveled, fill the hole with concrete. If not using concrete, backfill with existing dirt, making sure dirt is compacted every four inches.

Step 4: Attach steel mesh to wood posts by hammering in fence staples.

Making sure post is the correct height and level.
Concrete footing for post.
Fence Staple

Trellis Attached to Concrete Block Wall


42”x84” steel wire remesh sheet or welded wire mesh

6 ¼” fender washers, 2” circumference

6 ¼” x 4” Blue Hex Head Tapcon® concrete screws

6 1” silicon or steel spacers


Drill with 3/16” concrete bit

Hammer drill

Measuring tape


Step by Step

Step 1: Measure, level and mark locations to attach fasteners to the wall using wire mesh as a guide.

Step 2: Drill holes for the screws.

Step 3: Attach steel mesh to the concrete wall using suggested screws, washers and fasteners as shown in the diagram.

Learn how to tackle other DIY projects here:

Simple Irrigation Maintenance Techniques

How to Plant a Tree

How to Make a Tree Watering System for Your Established and Mature Trees

How to Convert your Existing Spray Irrigation System to Drip

Author: Jill Brown, ASLA, Owner of My Landscape Coach. Have a question about the article?