There are many benefits of installing a living wall (sometimes also referred to as a ‘vertical garden’) in your business premises. Not only do they create a stunning and eye-catching display, but like all plants, they absorb noise and remove dust, mould, bacteria, and harmful everyday toxins from the air without using valuable floorspace. However, unlike most conventional plant displays, it can be difficult to know how to maintain a living wall. This is because they’re fitted to the walls of a building with a unique and intricate bracket system.
Although a living wall will give the impression that flowers and foliage are growing out of the walls of a building, they still require the same care and attention as any other plants in your business premises. This is something that is especially vital in the summer, as the warm and dry weather puts many plants
at risk of wilting and drying out.
Keeping your living wall looking its best isn’t an easy task. This is why at phs Greenleaf, we’ll carry out regular maintenance visits after installing your beautiful new display in your premises.
Here are some of the things you need to consider if you want to maintain your living wall through the summer months…
Water it correctly
Like any planting display, a living wall needs to be watered regularly to prevent its flowers from wilting and dying. Although the frequency in which plants need to be watered in summer will vary from plant to plant, some signs that they need moisture include dry soil and leaves as well as drooping petals and limp stems. However, as living walls are often placed indoors and at height, they’ll typically be installed with a self-watering system to take care of this task for you.
At phs Greenleaf, our watering systems will ensure the right amount of water is delivered to the living wall, as well as at the correct intervals. This system lasts up to 4 weeks, and our expert technicians will carry out regular maintenance visits to ensure your plants are receiving the right amount of moisture.
Check the health of your plants
Just because the plants in a living wall aren’t housed in a typical pot, planter, or flower bed, it doesn’t mean that they grow any less or require less care and attention to keep them healthy. In fact, as well as ensuring your living wall is frequently watered and fed, any dead leaves and flowers should also be removed (particularly in summer). This encourages fresh blooms to grow in their place, which ensures your living wall provides a fresh, colourful, and eye-catching display all-year-round.
To make this task easier, you should employ a specialist company, such as phs Greenleaf, to take care of the maintenance for you. We carry out 16 service visits a year, during which our expert technicians deadhead the plants, replace any dead or failing ones, and give them a feed (if required).
Let there be light
Like any office plants, it’s important to ensure that your living wall has access to the correct light levels to ensure its flowers and foliage thrive. If your display includes plants that need either direct or indirect sunlight, then you need to take this into consideration when choosing the placement for your ‘vertical garden’; after all, it will be a difficult and costly process to get it moved! Alternatively, if you know the room has a lack of light, you should choose plants that crave shade.
During the planning process, phs Greenleaf will ensure that the size and placement of your living wall is suitable for your chosen environment, and that the plants it features are suited to the temperature and light levels of the room not just in summer, but throughout the rest of the year.