Learn how to build a pergola in your garden, and add value and charm with pergola designs that enhance your garden style.
Depending on your soil type, drainage and whether you’ll find bedrock close to the surface of the soil, here are some ideas for building your pergola.
I use a system of rebar pieces pounded into the ground, and a post with a hole drilled up the center of it set over top. This eliminates the problem of digging and pouring footings of cement, and also as an added bonus, is somewhat flexible under stress.
With careful measurements (as always) and string lines to make sure your posts will be square and plumb to each other you can pound the rebar into the ground.
Rebar can be found in most hardware stores, or online at Amazon.
Make sure you have each one the right distance into the ground to give enough support for the poles.
If you are pouring cement for another project, use the excess to make some footings - a nursery pot or other container with some rebar or length of metal inserted in the cement before it dries, and you have some footings ready to use.
The end of the wooden post should be held off the ground by a few centimeters, ensuring that it won’t rot in contact with the soil.
This makes it last a lot longer. Some of my structures are still in place and going strong even after several years of weather.
each of the rebar pieces is in place, and the uprights installed over
them, plumb each one – you can use a spirit level for this.
Flooring can be simple, such as soil cement, or diy patio blocks, flagstones or poured concrete.
Plant climbing vines like Clematis at the foot of each post to climb up and eventually cover your perfect outdoor pergola.