Garden arches are used for various purposes, offering a stable foundation for vining plants or beautifying your garden entry. The arch’s beauty is that you can adjust the height and width as per your need, either for climbing vines or holding the roses.
You can use rod iron or steel rods to make an arch, but it will be very costly. However, the iron rod arch is durable enough to stay long, even when facing strong winds. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a garden arch.
The PVC arch is very cost-effective and a suitable alternative to any other material. With some essential tools, you can make the arch inside your garden without any specialized knowledge or experience.
Construction Of Garden Arch Using The Pvc Pipes
PVC pipes are widely available and inexpensive materials with flexible nature that can easily bend to form the desired shape. Construction of garden arch with them is straightforward.
You will also need:
- Cement to strengthen the pipes in the ground
- Tape measure to correctly measure the pipes
- Trowel for digging the ground for holding pipes
- PVC joints to connect the pipes as per our arch shape
To construct your garden arch with PVC pipes all by yourself, take notes of the step-by-step instructions:
1. Locate The Place For An Arch:
First of all, mark the location where you plan to place the arch. It can be in front of your garden entry if you plan for an entry arch. Decide the arch’s width; the ideal is five to six feet for the entrance arch. For vine support, width depends upon the size of the plant.
2. Prepare The Base For The Arch:
Mark a two-point distance at six feet, as per your desired arch width. You now need a trowel to dig the ground for a hole to use as the arch’s foundation. Dig a hole of 2-inch diameter and six-inch-deep with a trowel.
Now Dig another hole of the same size six feet apart from the first hole in the direction where you want your arch ends. Remove the mud and clean the holes.
3. Embed Pvc Pipe And Rebar:
Take the PVC pipe of 1-inch diameter and cut it into two pieces of one foot long. Embed one-foot pieces of 1-inch PVC pipe into the first hole. Make sure to Embed this piece up to six inches and leave it six inches above the ground.
4. Strengthen The Embedded PVC And Rebar:
Fill the pipe surrounding with the mud that you removed from the hole. Ensure the mud packs the soil for a firm grip for the embedded pipe. Take rebar of 0.25-inch diameter and cut it with a hacksaw into two pieces of 18 inches each. Drive one rebar piece of 18 inches into the embedded PVC pipe.
Now keeping the rebar vertical, hammer it to fix it into the ground up to six inches. When it goes deep-six inches, its upper side will be level with the embedded PVC pipe.
You can notice a small gap between the rebar and the embedded PVC pipe. Fill this gap with extracted mud firmly so that rebar and embedded PVC pipe become one unit.
5. Attach The Jointer:
Take a one-inch hose clamp and lose it with a screwdriver to make space for PVC pipe. Drive it through this embedded PVC pipe. Take a one-inch PVC jointer, and place it at the end of the embedded PVC pipe. Drive the hose clamp at the apex and tight it with a screwdriver.
It will firmly join the PVC jointer and the embedded pipe with rebar inside. Take another hose clamp of size one inch, lose it with a screwdriver and drive it through the PVC jointer.
The one side of your arch base is ready. You have done it perfectly.
6. Prepare The Second Base Hole:
Repeat the same procedure with the other hole and prepare the second base foot of your arch. You can use cement instead of mud to strengthen your arch base. As you have hammered the rebar deep-six inches, it won’t let your arch fly with high winds.
You have completed the first phase of paving the base for your arch. In the next stage, you will fix the arch on this base. Now you have to decide the height of your arch so that you can take PVC pipe accordingly.
7. Decide The Height Of The Arch:
If you want an arch of 6 inches high, then you should take two one-inch PVC pipes of 8 feet in length. Join the two lengths of 8 feet PVC pipes with a jointer. Apply some glue for a secure joint to make these pieces one unit of 16 inches in length.
8. Fix The Arch In The Base:
Now Put one end of this PVC length into the jointer of the first base. Fix properly and tighten the screw for a firm grip of the hose clamp. Put the other end of the length into the second base jointer and
Tighten the screw with a screwdriver to fix the hose clamp firmly. The 18 inches PVC pipe, when connected with both bases, will give you a height of 6 feet approximately.
Viola! A six feet wide and six feet high gorgeous garden arch is all ready. The rebar dug six inches deep has made it strong enough that high winds or even storms cannot blow off your arch.
It is now ready to give service to your vining plants. You can remove it easily when the season is over or move it to other plant beds.
As you see, the garden arch construction is pretty easy. By following the above steps carefully, you can create your arch without any prior expertise. Here you can show your creativity to beautify your garden arch.
You can add vertical strings for more accommodation to plants. You can add another arch parallel to this one for your garden entry. Keeping the other arch size a little bit bigger will give an inclined look to enhance your garden entrance’s beauty.
You can attach both arches with PVC pipe pieces to give a 3D look to your arch. The horizon is limitless; it’s your creativity that how far you can go!