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Post  Fishtell 4/23/2021, 1:23 am

Hi All, 
Has anyone had any experience using pine or Hemlock lattice for the grids?  Home Depot and Lowes does not have in stock any cedar lattice.   

Thanks in advance for any feedback, 

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Post  mollyhespra 4/23/2021, 9:54 am

They'll last a season or two or three depending on your climate. They also warp and split very easily though they do look nice at first. Here's a picture of my grids many years ago:

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I now use hemp twine.  A bit of a bother to set up at first, and they only last a season, but I prefer them in function, though the wooden grids were much prettier.
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Post  markqz 4/23/2021, 10:40 am

I would guess that of the original SFG plan, the thing that people are most likely to tinker with is the grid. The original plan calls for laths, nuts, bolts, washers and wood screws. The one thing we know is that Mel definitely didn't like string -- it becomes brown and looks poorly.

Some people use PVC tube grids or plastic grids. Some people use a grid (from anything), but then remove it once the plants start growing. Personally, I like green, vinyl covered clothesline (the multi-wire soft kind, not the solid wire rigid kind) because it doesn't hide bugs, looks nice, doesn't age, is self-cleaning, and can be easily removed for working.
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Post  OhioGardener 4/23/2021, 12:05 pm

markqz wrote:Some people use PVC tube grids or plastic grids.

Some even use the PVC pipe grid to create an irrigation system.
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Post  jimmy cee 4/23/2021, 11:44 pm

I loved my plastic clothesline grids. stayed white, flexible, and never frayed from sunlight. easily acquired and cheap.Grids: Any issues with non cedar grids? Spring11
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