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4 Tips for Making an Arbor in Your Backyard

There is nothing like an arbor to add character to your backyard. It is a gorgeous structure that is perfect for an entrance and special events. This charming piece can also increase your property value if you are planning to resell your home. If you love a good DIY project, here are four tips for building an arbor in your backyard.


Plan Your Arbor

Start by planning your arbor so you know what steps you need to take to build it. Are you looking to add height to your exterior? Do you want to add plants to enhance your backyard? It is easier to build your arbor when you plan it out in advance. Use your plan to find a set of instructions, make a list of supplies and choose the greenery for your arbor.

Gather Your Supplies

The next tip is to gather the materials and landscape supplies you need for your arbor. Your materials are going to include boards, deck screws and galvanized nails. The landscaping supplies are used for the garden portion of your arbor, such as your mulch, gravel or greenery.

Dig the Holes

You will need to measure the placement of your posts before digging four 18-inch holes. The placement is going to depend on the length and width of your arbor. Once you dig the holes, you want to fill at least 6 inches of each hole with gravel. This way, you are preventing the wood from rotting and damaging your arbor.

Assemble Your Arbor

If you found instructions for building and assembling your arbor, you are going to use them to build your structure. It may take a while to build your arbor, but the duration of your project is going to depend on the instructions and your experience level. You may even decide to paint or stain your arbor to match your exterior.

You also have the option of dressing up your arbor with greenery. Your greenery may include plants, vines or flowers. Imagine walking under a white curved arbor with colorful flowers along the top. Another idea is an arbor that acts as a vertical garden for your plants and vines. A few examples of plants for your arbor are clematis, honeysuckle, grapevines, trumpet vines and climbing roses.

Whether you are upgrading your exterior or boosting your curb appeal, an arbor is a charming addition to your backyard. Building your own arbor is a great way to save money and engage in a hands-on project.


Autor Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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