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 themwhether 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. There are several advantages to using trellis netting for controlling the spread of your plants. 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 weather-resistant nylonmade to last. It's strong enough to hold all the weight your plants can pack onto it, yet it's a soft, gentle support for stems and vines to attach to. The trellis netting comes with a lifetime guarantee against defects. It takes up nearly no storage space in the off-season and needs no special storage preparation. Just fold and stow.
A wild and untamed garden isn't just unattractiveit's unproductive. Vining plants will encroach on all other plants and kill them by stealing their growing room, nutrients, and sunlight, if they're not trained to stay in the space you provide them. That's what is so great about the garden trellis netting system of support: you can grow these rigorous vines vertically. That's right, you now have a way to conserve your garden space by using upward mobility!
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 to keep the fruits supported on the stems. Speaking of fruits, blackberry and raspberry vines happily grow onto the garden trellis netting. You will be able to train them to go straight up, or in a long, horizontal pattern. Garden trellis netting comes in several sizes.
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. And don't forget 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, displaying a large area of flower power color wherever you provide the netting for them to fill in.
Big thanks to Anne Stephenson for the beautiful trellis photo! You can view her other photos here.