Pergolas can be relatively inexpensive and quick to build, but the pleasure you’ll get out of them will be long lasting. Our Gardening Guru, Charlie Albone, shows you how!
Pergolas are a great vertical accent for your garden. Not only do they provide a focal point but they have a practical purpose as well.
- Generally speaking pergolas have an open roof, so they wont protect you from rain - but they are good shade for those hot summer days
- They can be either fixed to the side of your property or, like the one I bui;t in the Broovale house garden, free standing.
- Once you’ve decided the best position for you pergola mark out the location and install the posts.
These are the vertical supports for your structure.
- The width, or distance the posts are from each other, will depend on the timber and weight of the roof.
- Larger timber on the roof creates more stability so the posts can be further apart. Put them closer together if you are using smaller roof timber.
- For this pergola, I used large formal recycled posts to add character. This is an older house so it needs something that looks like it’s been her a while.
- But this wood is relatively expensive - so I'm saving cash by using simple treated pine for the roof and painting it black.
- And remember – if you want a climber growing over the pergola – factor the weight of it in now, before its too late.
- Once your posts are in place install the roof bearers – these are the horizontal pieces that will hold the roof.
- Now we are ready to put the roof battons on.
- If you’re going to put outdoor furniture under your pergola then you’ll need a hard floor. I’m using deco granite but you could use pavers.