Now that you have decided on an arbor installation to maximize and complement the beauty of your garden and landscape, you need to determine the style and material that will best suit your needs. Do you want something with a more classic appeal or with a modern twist? Do you want it made from materials that will weather with age or last for years to come? All of these questions can be discussed and answered with the landscape or fence company of your choosing, but it is a good idea to understand some of the basics before meeting with a professional.
A traditional arbor is designed to allow for vining plants to crawl up the trellis sides, creating a unique and classic entryway for your garden or backyard retreat. Some units have benches built in or gates that can latch. However, the most basic forms are open with trellis sides and a slatted or solid roof.
Tunnel or Archway
If you are interested in adding a little more interest to your arbor installation, then consider using an archway. For larger lawns, you can stack two arbors back-to-back to make a tunnel effect, creating visual appeal and separation. This effectively creates a dramatic garden entrance, especially when coupled with picket fencing and plant life.
While many arbors are made from wood, the upkeep is a tremendous downside. Therefore, many homeowners prefer to go with either vinyl or metal. Vinyl is a maintenance free option that will last for years to come, as it is weather and waterproof. Metal can add a distinctive appeal to your garden scape, but it is heavy and may be prone to rust. However, some property owners don’t mind the weathering and actually prefer it in their landscapes.
An arbor installation can offer a custom, beautiful and functional element to any landscape. However, it is always better to seek the help and knowledge of a professional when sorting through your potential options.