Is your patio quite small or narrow and you fancy some greenery? Rather than cluttering the ground, think of a green wall. Forget the pots here and there and the balconies hanging from the railing and devote yourself to a wall. This is the best way to enjoy even more space. Make yourself a vertical mini-vegetable garden! Because there are always solutions to bring a little nature to the city.
What exactly is a green wall?
It is a new trend which consists of integrating nature into an urban environment. Green walls are vertical structures to which different types of plants are attached. Unlike a facade that would have been covered with vegetation whose plants are rooted in the ground, the green wall has its roots integrated into the wall. This is also why the walls also incorporate irrigation systems over their entire height. We find there earth, stone and water as in a more classic scheme. These walls may have been cultivated before being installed, unlike facades which require a certain time before being dressed in vegetation, growing from the ground.
Some even go so far as to integrate artificial intelligence that allows them to be monitored or watered automatically.
What is the point of having a green wall on your terrace?
There are many advantages to having a green wall on your patio. First of all, the visual aspect. Having green on your terrace made of bricks and concrete offers a new aspect to your decoration. Then, the garden side. Nothing like a green wall to try your hand at growing different types of plants and flowers! Finally, the atmosphere created increases your good mood. The proximity to greenery and nature is calming. Plant elements, it is well known, reduce stress and fatigue. It is also said that plants have an increased effect on air quality. It can only have a positive impact on your daily life and your health. The icing on the cake, the green walls have a strong sound insulation power.
How to make a green wall?
Choose the place
You can build a green wall on any wall. If you want to be able to move it, do it on a mobile wooden stand. Otherwise start by installing rows of slats. Make sure, using a level for example, that they are straight. You can for a green wall recovery way, opt for one or more pallets. Do you have a little mastery of DIY and a low budget? This is what you need to create a green wall without breaking the bank. Make sure beforehand that the intended support is sufficiently resistant. Because a green wall can quickly be heavy. And if you attach your green wall directly to your facade, see how to protect the wall beforehand to avoid moisture problems. There are kinds of tarpaulins that allow waterproofing.
Install the planters
Working from the bottom up, attach the planters to the slats. You can build your wall by staggering each of the rows, installing them in staggered rows. To fix your pots or planters, you have the option of simple slats or those of a pallet. And you can also make the choice of gratings. These can be wood, or plastic or even metal. For a graphic side, you can install a structure that accommodates planters of different lengths, which you also arrange in staggered rows. It also works with wooden crates that you hang vertically. What to imagine a unique green wall, all in lightness. There are kits sold ready-made. They are planters or pots, designed as modules that you can clip to each other.
Choose your plants
Fill the planters with the plants of your choice. Think of flowers and aromatic herbs. The key to success is choosing plants based on the exposure of your living wall. Because the sunshine factor is an essential element in their development. In the same way, remember to leave them space so that they can grow harmoniously. Choose perennials, which bloom year after year. And try to opt for plants that do not freeze, it will be easier for them to overwinter.
Starting at the top, water your wall with a garden hose or watering can. The best with a green wall would be to equip it with an irrigation system. Depending on the system you have chosen, the tank can be designed to keep plants watered for a shorter or longer time. You can put in the bottom of your pots or planters something to drain the water to prevent it from stagnating: for example choose gravel or clay balls. If you don’t have an automatic sprinkler system, use a good old fashioned method: stick your finger in the soil to see if it’s dry! It all depends on the exposure of your living wall and the varieties you grow, but in general, it’s good to water your plants every two or three days.
What are the tips for making a green wall?
If you’re a bit of a handyman, the Internet is going to be your friend. Because the Web is full of ideas, each one more clever than the other to create your own green wall. Any idea is good when it comes to choosing or building a stand and the pots or planters that will hang from it. Material, size, colors but also practicality, the choice is yours and you think of everything!