How to Attach a Trellis to Siding or Masonry

A trellis is a good way to have vines or other plants grow and look great in your garden or just in your backyard. Sometimes a trellis can be tricky to hang up if you don’t exactly know how to do it. There are a few different ways to do this and there are usually two main spots to hang a trellis. You can either hang a trellis on posts which is pretty self-explanatory or you can hang it against your house on either the siding or masonry (bricks). It’s pretty easy to do but there are a few tricks you should know before getting started.

First, there is hanging it on the siding next to your house or on a shed or something like that. Usually, the pieces of wood that make up a trellis are too flimsy to support hanging it directly on the siding. What you need to do is get a 2×2 or 1×2 strip the same width as your trellis and attach it to the siding so this holds the weight instead of the trellis itself. The first thing you need to do is find the studs under the siding. If you just attach it to the siding without studs it will not hold and it will eventually fall down. An easy way to locate the studs is to simply look for the nails or screws that hold up your siding. These nails will be on the studs and you can use these as a guide for stud finding. Once you find your studs put your 1×2 up against the wall and mark your 1×2 with pencil marking your studs. On your pencil marks, you need to drill pilot holes for about 1/2″ x 3″ long lag screws, you can use something bigger or smaller depending on the size of your trellis. You need to repeat the process two times one for the top and one for the bottom. Once you have your 1×2 in place you need to screw in your lag screws into it and into the siding. Make sure the lag screws are tight and repeat on the other 1×2.

Once you have done this you are ready to attach the trellis to the two 1×2 pieces, in turn, finishing the job. This is usually a job for two people because one person needs to hold up the trellis and one needs to make sure it is level. Also, it is handy to have one person hold it while the other fastens it to the 1×2 pieces. Simply fasten the trellis to the 1×2 strips using smaller screws and make sure you use pilot holes or you could split out the trellis pieces. That’s how you attach a trellis to the siding.

Attaching a trellis to masonry is common as well but is a little more difficult because obviously drilling through wood and drilling through brick is two very different things. You need to get yourself a masonry drill bit and basically follow the same directions as above just with different tools. You still need to attach a 1×2 onto the masonry to attach the trellis to that. You need to get masonry anchors which you can get at any hardware store, you need these to be able to screw into the masonry. Basically, drill your pilot holes and fill with the anchors, then attach the 1×2 with masonry screws into the anchors. Once you get the hang of this you can do the other 1×2 and then attach the trellis. So basically hanging to masonry may take a little more muscle and some different tools it’s essentially the same thing. Good luck.