Here are our top 8 reasons for why maintaining green walls is so important.
Plant Health: Regular maintenance ensures the health and vitality of the plants in the living wall. Monitoring for signs of pests, diseases, or nutrient deficiencies allows for early intervention, preventing the spread of problems and promoting plant well-being. Our teams are trained to spot pests early on.
Aesthetic Appeal: Living walls are often installed for their aesthetic beauty and to enhance the visual appeal of indoor or outdoor spaces. Regular maintenance helps to keep the plants looking lush, vibrant, and well-groomed, contributing to the overall attractiveness of the living wall. No business or home owner wants their living wall to fail.
Longevity: Proper care and maintenance contribute to the longevity of the living wall system. This includes checking the structural integrity of the support system, irrigation components, and the substrate in which the plants grow. Identifying and addressing issues promptly can extend the lifespan of the living wall.
Sustainability: Living walls are valued for their environmental benefits, such as air purification, temperature regulation, and biodiversity support. Regular maintenance ensures that the living wall continues to function effectively in providing these environmental advantages. When correctly planted green walls bring valuable forage for wildlife, with biodiversity net gain legislation now firmly in place, living walls play a valuable role in meeting BNG targets for property developers.
Irrigation Efficiency: Living walls typically rely on irrigation systems to supply water to the plants. Regular maintenance ensures that the irrigation system is functioning correctly, preventing issues such as clogs or malfunctions. Proper watering is essential for plant health and overall wall performance.
Adaptation to Changing Conditions: Living walls may face changing environmental conditions, such as seasonal variations in temperature and light. Adjusting plant selection, pruning, or making other modifications to the living wall through regular maintenance helps the plants adapt to these changing conditions.
Preventing Overgrowth: Without proper maintenance, some plants in the living wall may become overly dominant, overshadowing or outcompeting others. Regular pruning and trimming help maintain a balanced and harmonious appearance, preventing any single species from taking overtaking. Just like maintaining a traditional garden, pruning is an important step in keeping green walls looking tip top.
Cost Savings: Proactive maintenance can help identify and address issues before they become major problems, potentially saving costs on extensive repairs or replacements. It is more cost-effective to invest in regular upkeep than to deal with the consequences of neglect. Here is a living wall before we rectified it, no maintenance program in place led to a costly replant.
In summary, living wall maintenance is essential for the health of the plants, the longevity of the system, aesthetic appeal, environmental benefits, and overall functionality. Regular care ensures that the living wall continues to thrive and deliver the desired benefits over time – ensure you enlist experienced contractors such as Pritchard and Pritchard.
Call the Living Wall Dr and we will be over in no time to rectify your living wall – set up a maintenance schedule and keep it looking GREAT.