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Green Sauce: When I started our patio design process, I decided that figuring out some way to achieve more privacy on the patio was important to me. While it wasn’t bad to look out onto the street and our neighbors below, the idea of a green wall kept coming back into my mind and I included one in my mood board mock-up of the space. But, at first the execution of a green wall honestly seemed impossible.
Read on to see how I turned my mood board…
Into a reality!
Every Project Starts Somewhere
As a reminder, there was simply a bare gate on the edge of the patio previously. You can see all of the before pictures here.
I had this idea in my head but was stuck on the execution. Real plants could take years to grow up a wall (which also didn’t exist lol) and even then wouldn’t give us full coverage. Having trees line the gate could get really expensive and is not practical for a rental. I then turned to fake plants, but dismissed that idea initially because I thought it would look bad.
It honestly seemed impossible, so I put the idea aside for a few months. Then (and this is not uncommon for me), I just couldn’t let it go and decided to at least put up a bamboo fence. I did some research on faux trellises and greenery panels and decided to order one panel of this trellis as a test. I order two rolls of this bamboo fencing, which had great reviews on the Home Depot website.
The Bamboo Fence
I am happy to say that the bamboo fence was really easy to install. I simply recommend having another person there when you do it because they are heavy and bulky. I really liked this particular bamboo fence because the bamboo was thick and looked more sturdy than some of the flimsy ones I have seen in the backyards of bars and restaurants in Brooklyn.
The bamboo comes in a massive roll and measures 6’ high by 8’ wide. Six feet is the standard height of a lot of fencing, so this can help make this particular bamboo a seamless extension of existing fencing the way it was for us. To install the bamboo, simply roll it out and use zip ties to attach it to your existing fence or gate. I think you could also drill it etc, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t making any permanent changes and it needed to be very easy to ultimately remove since we rent. I used these zip ties to install the fence. Make sure whatever zip ties you get are heavy duty and can handle a lot of weight if you go that route.
It was then even with the existing fence, which was great. I did not have time to install the green trellis initially, so the bamboo was up on its own for a few weeks and held up beautifully in all types of weather. It is very sturdy, even with just zip ties.
The Green Wall
The faux trellis was a total gamble, but I am THRILLED with how it turned out. They come in a box like this:
I am happy that I ordered a test panel, because I was able to tell that I would need to have four in total. I definitely recommend getting one panel to start so that you can more accurately estimate how many you’ll need in total. One side of my bamboo wall was six feet long and the other was eight feet long, so I had to expand the trellis slightly more on the longer side, but two for each still worked.
Before installing anything, I pulled out all of my panels and made sure there was no damage etc.
They looked great, so I used zip ties again to secure the trellis to the existing bamboo fence. If you watch my Instagram stories, you may have seen that I hit a snag here. I initially couldn’t figure out how to get the zip tie back through the bamboo to secure the trellis! Ultimately, I secured the zip ties all the way around the bamboo on the ends of the fence where I could reach and then simply threaded ties for the trellis through the ties on the bamboo already securing it to the gate. The trellis is secured in about 15-20 places and hasn’t budged an inch, so I think it’s very sturdy.
Learn from my mistake: The leaves on the trellis have a pattern and are either facing upwards or downwards. It was very bright on install day and I didn’t realize that I installed the panels on one side in opposite directions, which makes part of the wall look a little bare up close (you can’t see it in photos and honestly it’s not a big deal). It would be a hassle to reattach it again so I just left it, but just a note so you can do it right if you try this project.
Reminder: Here is ALL that you need for this project:
And there you have it! What do you think of this summer DIY? Would you give it a shot? Let me know in the comments! We have been enjoying our new urban oasis and hope you can do the same.