Arbours and arches are great features for dividing up garden spaces, whether smothered with climbing plants or left bare. This DIY version is as simple as they get, and the rusty metal texture adds a contemporary look.
Gather your supplies
•Trench mesh,6m x 200mm (2)
• Metal tie-wire
•Treated pine sleeper, 1.8m x 200mm x 100mm
You’ll also need
Garden soil mix; decorative pebbles; shovel; rake; pliers; power saw
Step 1 Beginning at 1 side of garden bed, dig a hole 600mm deep. Insert trench mesh and pack firmly with excavated soil. Bend mesh over to create arch (you will need 2 people), mark the position on ground and dig another 600mm hole. Secure other end of mesh. Repeat the process with a second length of mesh, overlapping the first piece at the top.
Step 2 Where 2 lengths of mesh cross over, secure in several places using tie-wire.
Step 3 Beneath centre of arch, excavate 100mm of soil where steppers will go. Using power saw, cut sleeper into three 600mm lengths. Position lengths between the 2 paved areas.
STEP 4 Infill area between steppers with soil mix, then rake to level. Fill remaining garden section with soil mix.
Step 5 Compact soil between steppers using back of the rake, then spread a mulch of decorative pebbles over top. Tread down to firm up area.