02 Apr How to Maintain Green Living Walls
By Jonathan Senneff
Green living walls may be placed indoors or outdoors, and can host many types of greenery depending on your needs and preferences. Best of all, they can be installed and maintained by professionals, which takes the burden off of you.
Since the 1930s, this type of hydroponic vertical plant display has been around in some form. However, modern green living walls are designed to last longer than their earlier counterparts. Some plants can last years before needing to be replaced.
In green living walls, plants only need replacing if they die — a rare occurrence with proper maintenance — or when the roots run out of space.
Sometimes plants are inserted into a panel; these panel systems can be used indoors or outside, as long as the plants are meant to grow in your local environment. On the other hand, tray systems have small receptacles where the roots grow, allowing the plants to flourish and bloom outward and upward. Tray systems are most often used inside.
Green living walls are increasingly popular, especially in the business world. We already know that a lush supply of office plants leads to increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, and the breakdown of “sick building syndrome.” Read more of the benefits of green living walls.
What you may not know is a multitude of LEEDs (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) credits are available to business owners who install plants in the workplace.
Surprisingly, green living walls use very little water since they are hydrated using a drip irrigation system or a recirculating system that continually reuses the water with almost no waste.
As a result, water conservation and efficiency credits, energy and atmosphere credits, sustainability, and innovation credits can add up to big savings.
One of the main questions about green living walls is whether they are difficult to care for and maintain.
The honest answer is that yes, they can be—but this doesn’t mean that vertical growing is beyond your reach.
The best vendors and suppliers will help you select the right plants for your space so you can purchase or rent with confidence. Ideally, plants grown locally should be used to ensure they thrive in your environment. The right vendor will also care for and maintain your plants, especially during that all-important early stage that can be crucial to a successful vertical grow structure. The vendor you choose should guarantee your satisfaction and replace any greenery that isn’t up to your standards.
When you consider how much money you can save while improving your environment, you may wonder why you waited so long to install green living walls.