Living walls are an investment piece that can thrive for years to come—with proper care and maintenance, that is. Whether placed indoors or outdoors, these living works of art require a bit of attention to keep them looking as lush and beautiful as the day they were installed.
Like most plants, a living wall requires water, sunlight, and pruning. Unlike your typical houseplant, however, they require more than just a sprinkle from your watering can. Not sure where to start? Here’s what you need to know about maintaining a living wall.
Water & Irrigation
Living walls need water, and an irrigation system is often the best way to keep your plants hydrated. It’s also important not to over-water, as this can harmful to your plants. An irrigation system will help ensure that your plants are watered at the right frequency with the right amount.
There are several types of living wall irrigation systems, and your vertical garden contractor can help determine which one is right for your installation. These systems include recirculating irrigation systems, direct irrigation systems, drip irrigation, and manual irrigation.
Pruning & Replacing Plants
Every so often, you might find that the plants in your living wall may need to be pruned or replaced. If you notice that one plant starts to grow on top of another or is shading other plants, it might be time for a trim. If you see any brown or wilted leaves, remove them. Likewise, if a plant is completely dead, it can be replaced.
Soil Care & Fertilization
If you notice the discoloration of leaves or lack of flowering, you may need to check in with your living wall’s soil. There are automatic fertilizers that can be added to your wall’s irrigation system, or you can manually manage it with liquid or granular formulas.
Preventing Pests & Diseases
Pests can be a nuisance when it comes to caring for a living wall. However, they can be controlled or prevented with the help of an expert. If you notice any disease symptoms or other unusual issues, check the roots. A healthy plant’s roots will be white and fibrous. If there’s an issue, call in the experts so that they can help determine the type of pest that’s harming your plants and what products can be used to get rid of them.
Once in a while, it’s important to check the structural soundness of the installation. It’s also important to check the wall or facade behind your living wall to make sure no condensation or moisture has built up.
Professional Living Wall Services
Does caring for your living wall seem overwhelming or too time-consuming? When in doubt, call in the professionals. Experts, like our team at True Vert® can handle the regular care and maintenance for you. Just remember that not all landscapers have experience working with living walls. It’s important to bring in a knowledgable company that will keep your wall happy and healthy both now and in the future.