Plant Support: How To Use Garden Trellis Netting

Want to give your climbing plants the support they need, but not quite sure how to use garden trellis netting? You’re in the right place! The truth is, once your garden plants have started sprawling, it’s too late to think about supporting them. You need to plan your garden before you plant it. And any experienced gardener knows that you can’t overestimate the ability of vining and trailing plants to grow into every inch of space available to them. Whether you intended for them to be there or not. It’s best to let your plants know your intentions before they take over. In other words, have a system of support already in place before they begin to grow.

Garden Trellis Netting: A Great Growing Solution

There are several advantages to using trellis netting. First of all, trellis netting is a cinch to handle. It’s lightweight, meaning one person can easily install it where desired. It’s durable and its weather-resistant nylon is made to last. Best of all, it’s strong enough to hold all the weight your plants can pack onto it. But it’s still a soft, gentle support for stems and vines to attach to. It takes up next to no storage space in the off-season and needs no special storage preparation. Just fold and stow.

Control Those Vining Plants!

A wild and untamed garden isn’t just unattractive, it’s unproductive. Vining plants will encroach on all other plants and kill them by stealing their growing room, nutrients, and sunlight. This is why you need to train them to stay in the space provided. That’s what is so great about the garden trellis netting system of support: it gives you the option to grow these rigorous vines vertically.

How to Use Garden Trellis Netting

Garden trellis netting can be suspended to hang vertically from a roof edge, like a curtain. It can be draped over an A-frame made of metal or wood, so it has two angled sides like a tent. Or, it can be stretched between two upright wood or metal stakes in the ground, forming a straight wall. The main things to consider are how heavy your plants will be, and how big you will allow them to get.

If you plan to grow squash, melons, gourds or tomatoes using the trellis netting, make sure to purchase some plant clips. These will keep the fruits supported on the stems. Speaking of fruits, blackberry and raspberry vines will also grow onto the garden trellis netting. You will be able to train them to go straight up or in a long, horizontal pattern. The garden trellis netting is also ideal for lighter-weight vines like cucumbers, peas, beans and herbs. They’ll have all the breathing room they’ll need to provide plenty of produce.

Garden Trellis Netter Works for Flowers Too

Don’t forget the flowers! Morning glories, clematis, vining roses and other flowering vines LOVE trailing onto garden trellis netting. It allows them to spread out to their heart’s content. Meaning they’ll display a large area of flower power color wherever you provide the netting for them to fill in.

Excited about the idea of growing UP? Explore our top picks for vining plants and see what inspires you!

Big thanks to Anne Stephenson for the beautiful trellis photo! You can view her other photos here.

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    April 25, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Wow, it is nice to find your site. Such a complete explanation yet easy to ‘stand.
    To me, garden trellis is a thing you should consider if you have a garden. It is so helpful for particular plants to grow well. It is add beauty to your garden as well.

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    May 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you for the informative article–great for beginners, like me! We would like to hang this on our side of our privacy fence. Can we hang it flat against the fence or do we need space behind it? Do we need to secure the bottom of the trellis against the ground or can it just hang? Thank you!

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      May 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Erin, not sure what you are using the trellis for? Most vining plants would not need a space behind it, they will grab just fine. If you are using the trellis netting for plants like tomatoes, you would need space behind it. Happy gardening!

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    September 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I totally agree that there should be a good plan first before doing some planting or changes in your garden. There are times when I plant or make some arrangements with my garden without even knowing the things to do first. Sometime, I end up ruining my garden for that. Thanks to this, I learned a lot and I’m confident that I can take cae of my garden well.

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    Anit June
    March 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Would like to see pictures accompany the tips. Thank you

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      March 25, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Anit, that’s a great suggestion. Will work on adding some photos. Happy growing!

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    August 9, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    Thx for the help. I am disabled and just starting on gardening.

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      August 18, 2023 at 2:26 pm

      Mike, you’re welcome. Happy planting!

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