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Saving rotten wooden trellises

In the garden there is a wooden pergola/arbour with wisteria trained up it that is looking a bit decrepit. Two years of constant rain have made it warp and crack and in a couple of places it looks like the wood of the posts has rotted under the ground. The wisteria looks great though.

I'm not sure how much longer the pergola has but it will take a lot of careful wisteria growing with it when it goes. Is there anything I can do to prolong its life? The wisteria has twined around most of the wooden spars, so it is not very accessible to paint with anything.


  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    it needs re-placing.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    These days you can get metal or plastic pergola's although it could be replaced with wood.

    You could rebuild around the old pergola carefully transfer and tie in the Wisteria and then remove the old one in bits.

    You could build a wigwam of poles either side pull back and tie in the wisteria to the poles then rebuild your pergola and replace the wisteria, there would be disturbance what ever you do although keeping the wisteria upright would be the lesser of the evils.

    The old one has to go and it may set back the climber a little but at least after a year it will still be strong and lovely to look at, plus of course no danger of the lot falling on your head as you walk under it. Take the bull by the horns and get stuck in.


  • Hogroast2Hogroast2 Posts: 55


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