How to Hide Garbage Cans With Trellis Panels

Updated July 20, 2017

Garbage cans are unsightly, smelly and dirty items that unfortunately are an essential part of everyday life. One way to hid garbage cans is with the use of trellis panels that form a screen. The latticed panels look good as they are, or for further effect you can grow strong-smelling plants such as jasmine up the sides or climbing plants that will cover the panels while masking any smells.

Choose an area in which to keep your garbage cans that is easily accessible and has space for a latticed trellis to be installed around the sides. If you intend to grow plants up the trellis, the area will need to be a sunny spot with the possibility of digging a bed in the ground.

Measure the area around which you would like to install your trellis. Add on additional space to this measurement to allow for access to the garbage cans, and purchase a trellis screen according to this size. It is always better to purchase a screen that is slightly too large than too small.

Position the trellis around the garbage cans as you would like and mark on the ground where the legs will go. Don't forget that you will need to access the garbage cans, so if the cans are against the wall, make sure there is a gap between the trellis and the wall to serve as a doorway.

Dig holes at least 2 feet deep where each of the legs of the trellis will be positioned, and pour gravel into the base of the hole. The gravel will provide good water drainage in the soil, so when it rains, the water will drain away rather than accumulate around the wooden trellis legs and cause them to rot.

Drive the trellis into the holes using a mallet or heavy object. Compact soil around the trellis legs in the hole to provide additional stability. Extra soil may be necessary to ensure it is very compact and stable.

Dig a flower bed along the base of the trellis. Plant some climbing plants such as wisteria and clematis or even climbing roses so that the trellis becomes covered over time. Plant some particularly strong-smelling plants, too, in order to hide any smells.


If planting climbers is not possible, you could help blend the trellis in with the rest of the yard by painting it a dark leafy-green colour.


The trellis may become unstable over time, especially if there is additional weight from plants on it. If so, you may need to sink the trellis legs into concrete.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis panels
  • Measuring tape
  • Gravel
  • Mallet
  • Soil
  • Spade
  • Climbing plants
  • Strong-smelling plants
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