Trellis panels create a natural look in the garden.

How to Mount a Trellis to a Wire Fence

by Jessica Westover

Although a chain fence serves many purposes in the landscape, it fails to increase the aesthetics of its surrounding area. In fact, this sterile fencing material can produce the opposite effect, detracting from the garden's beauty. Attaching a wooden lattice trellis to the fence not only hides and adorns this eyesore, but provides an attractive background for climbing plants. The mounting process is straightforward and may take only a few hours to accomplish.

Pull weeds and clear debris from the ground along the section of wire fence where the trellis will reside. Measure the distance from the fence's bottom to its top.

Place two sawhorses or wooden boards on the ground, parallel to each other. Space them 2 to 4 feet apart. Lay the lattice panel across the tops of the sawhorses or boards to elevate it from the ground.

Measure the length of the lattice panel with a tape measure. Draw a line across the panel's width with chalk, marking the fence's height measurement.

Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from injury. Examine the chalk line, looking for any staples it crosses and remove them, using a flat head screwdriver.

Put on a pair of safety glasses to protect your eyes from injury. Cut across the lattice panel with a circular power saw or hand saw, following the chalk line, to trim it to the same height as the fence.

Place a row of bricks or wood blocks along the bottom of the fence, if needed to fill in the space between the ground and the bottom of the fence. Place the bottom of the lattice on top of the bricks or blocks. Push the panel against the surface of the chain fence. It is helpful to have and assistant to hold the panel in place against the fence.

Insert the straight end of a zip tie through the hole in the top right corner of the lattice. Push the end through to the back of the fence. Pull the end up and around to the front of the trellis. Insert the tie's straight end into its square end and pull to tighten it around the fence and trellis. Repeat to attach once zip tie every 10 to 12 inches around the perimeter of the lattice panel.

Attach additional zip ties throughout the center of the trellis. Space the ties 10 to 12 inches apart in horizontal rows spaced 10 to 12 inches apart.

Cut the end off of each zip tie using a pair of scissors or a utility knife and discard the ends. Remove the bricks or blocks from underneath the lattice panel.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Lattice panel
  • 2 sawhorses or wooden boards
  • Chalk
  • Gloves
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety glasses
  • Circular power saw or hand saw
  • Bricks or wood blocks
  • Zip ties
  • Scissors or utility knife


  • Attach multiple lattice panels side by side along the fence's entire length to hide it from view.


  • Always wear gloves and safety glasses when cutting wood to protect yourself from injury.
  • When mounting multiple panels, match the orientation of each panel before cutting or mounting to ensure a flowing design.

Photo Credits

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