Simple ways to sustain your living walls for longer
Living walls are a unique and beautiful way to enhance your workplace, but they do require a bit of care to keep them looking their best. We've got you covered with some simple tips to help you sustain your living walls for longer.
Living walls (also known as green walls) are the latest trend in office spaces right now and for good reason. These green wonders not only add a touch of nature to the often sterile office environment, but they also have a number of benefits that can improve the overall well-being of employees. But, like any living organism, living walls require proper care and maintenance to thrive. Here are some tips to help you keep your living wall looking its best, and sustain them for longer.
1. Select the right environment for your living wall
A living wall's plants require specific lighting conditions, so choosing plants that suit your wall's surroundings is crucial. Some plants thrive in low light, while others need more sun. Our team works closely with lighting specialists and architects to ensure proper plant selections for each unique living wall in all types of environments.
2. Water wisely
Another important factor in maintaining your living wall is watering. We install integrated irrigation systems to your living walls to ensure that the appropriate amount of water is evenly distributed throughout the wall without leaking onto your floor. Depending on the wall scale and plant varieties, typical water times run every 7-10 days.
Occasionally, it may become necessary to prune or replace the plants in your living wall. If you see any plant overgrowing, it's a sign that a trim may be required. Additionally, if you see any brown or wilted leaves, those should be removed. If a plant is no longer living, it will need to be replaced with a new one. Living plants have many benefits - dead plants, well… less so.
Another essential aspect of maintaining a living wall is to ensure that it receives adequate nutrition. Unlike plants that grow in the ground and obtain nutrients from the soil, those in a living wall are deprived of this natural source of sustenance, requiring external fertilization to be added.
Many irrigation systems incorporate fertilizer into the water, providing a convenient way to deliver the necessary nutrition to the plants. On the other hand, a living wall without an irrigation system requires manual fertilization at regular intervals. The specific type, amount, and frequency of fertilization will depend on the particular needs of the plants growing on the wall.
5. Pest control
Unfortunately, pests can be a problem for living walls. Keep an eye out for any signs of insect damage, such as holes in the leaves or sticky residue on the plants. If you spot a pest problem, we can help determine what type of pest is causing damage to your plants and what products can be used to eliminate them.
Each of these has its own unique charm and benefits. Tray systems offer versatility and flexibility, allowing you to switch up your botanical display with ease. Panel systems offer a sleek, modern look and are perfect for a living wall in a challenging environment. Cassette systems are the ultimate solution for hassle-free maintenance, as individual cassettes can be easily removed and replaced. And free-standing systems are perfect for leased spaces or changing floor plans. They can create partitions and privacy barriers, by placing them against a wall or in the middle of a room.
Whether you're looking for versatility, style, or ease of maintenance, we have a living wall system to suit your every need.
And there you have it… with these living wall maintenance tips, you'll be able to keep your wall looking lush and vibrant for years to come. Remember, green walls are living art pieces that require a bit of TLC, but the end result is well worth the effort.
For more information, and inspiration, have a look at our green wall specification brief and feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
Our expert team is ready to guide you through the best practices of living wall maintenance. Schedule a consultation with us and get one step closer to a beautiful, thriving, living wall.