To make a simple trellis for your garden using string:

  1. Drive a stake in the ground a few feet out from your fence.
  2. Tie one end of the string to the stake.
  3. Loop the string around the top of a picket on the fence.
  4. Pull the string back down around the stake.
  5. Continue to loop the string back and forth from the stake to pickets.
  6. Tie the end of the string to the stake.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: Tricia, what are you doing here, macramé?

Tricia Craven Worley: Well, I have studied macramé a little bit, but this is not macramé. Actually, Danny, this is such a simple, simple tip that I just love.

Danny Lipford: Here, let me help you a little bit there.

Tricia Craven Worley: OK. If you’ll hold that. This is creating a very simple, transportable trellis.

Danny Lipford: Oh, OK.

Tricia Craven Worley: See all I’m doing is I have this stake, which is what about six inches long.

Danny Lipford: Right.

Tricia Craven Worley: Drove it into the ground, and I’m just winding this string back and forth against this fence.

Danny Lipford: OK.

Tricia Craven Worley: Now, what’s nice about it is it’s very low-tech, very inexpensive, and at the end of the season you can either cut it off, leave it there, or just take it off and reuse it again.

Danny Lipford: And you’re planning on what, planting some sort of vine or something here?

Tricia Craven Worley: Well, actually I think there are a lot of different things you could plant here. I pulled this out from another part of the garden, it’s a beautiful jasmine.

Danny Lipford: Boy, it sure is.

Tricia Craven Worley: Isn’t it pretty? And I could plant a jasmine vine that would grow up here. Also, you could plant sweet peas that would do very well against the trellis like this.

And what I like about it is, it’s a little bit different than the typical trellis that is straight up against the fence. You know this has a little bit of body. So something as beautiful as a jasmine, you can really enjoy all of the blossoms. And it’s really a fun thing to do.

Danny Lipford: Boy, that’s a great addition to the garden.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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