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Wonder wall; Get your courtyard garden in shape now. Follow Julia Gray's top tips for fitting a trellis.

Make a bare courtyard area into something really special by following these top tips.

Measure your courtyard wall for the trellis and buy it in standard lengths from your local garden centre or DIY store. Look for arched designs as they'll create a more interesting feature. Alternatively, create an arch yourself by cutting the trellis to staggered lengths and adding a curved end piece of wood.

If you're making your own arch, or the standard length of trellis doesn't fit your wall, then cut it to size with a hand or electric saw, or use a Dremel 8200 multitool, SpeedClic Mandrel SC402 and Wood Cutting Wheel SC544.

Sand the cut ends to obtain a smooth finish. Use sandpaper, an electric sander, or the multitool, plus a sanding mandrel and 60-grit 13mm sanding band. Then stain any cut ends to match the tone of the rest of the trellis.

Fix battens of wood to your courtyard wall (for the trellis) using a drill-driver. Then use it, or the multitool and drill bit 150 3.2mm (from the Dremel Precision Drill Bit Set 628), to drill through the trellis and into the battens. This will give the plants room to climb behind and around the trellis.

Finish off your courtyard transformation with plants in troughs (you can make smart ones out of decking boards), pots and raised flowerbeds. Then train some climbers up your trellis, then relax with a glass of plonk and enjoy what you've created.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 27, 2011
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