Vertical Gardening – How to Build Your Own to Green Up Your Space
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Plant WallsMost people, when they think about impressive gardens and lots of greenery, think about vast spaces spread horizontally. Even though these horizontal gardens are impressive, sometimes they can be too demanding. Depending on the use of the space and the people who are supposed to be around, such a garden can even be difficult to maintain especially within commercial and retail spaces. And last but not least, horizontal gardens are found mostly outside – a vast space filled with plants and grass, where people can relax and watch the night sky. That is an idyllic scene that doesn’t come in handy if your goal is to create, for example, a relaxing space where people can be productive during their work hours.

Vertical Gardening – The Right Choice

Introducing vertical gardening systems to your business landscape is a great way of building a great, relaxing environment both indoors and outdoors. It can suit all kinds of environments including homes, private gardens, as well as in business sectors.
Indoor vertical gardens are one of the most powerful tools for putting up a great interior design. Green walls are both efficient and relaxing for the people around, increasing productivity and creativity among workers; and learning these make the aesthetic benefits just secondary. The big variety of benefits that these green walls offer can help turn your empty space into a great experience both for employees and clients. These same advantages make vertical gardening suitable for retail, hospitality and commercial spaces.

                                 Also read “Your Ultimate Guide to Green Walls in Dubai”

Vertical Gardening Solution – How Does It Work and What to Keep In Mind

Though it may sound a bit challenging to build a vertical garden, the truth is they are quite easy to put together. The most important things to keep in mind are the positioning and the plants. For the positioning, you will need a solid wall or a strong foundation if you want to create a green wall. This also comes down to which plant is suitable for growing in a vertical position and they can either be hanging or climbing. Examples of these plants could be ferns – great for their adaptability and resistance to humidity; dracaena – they can grow upright and add great visuals to the vertical garden due to their coloured leaves; hosta – for cool and shady climates; baby’s tears – designed for people who love small details.

How to start your own vertical garden?

Step 1: Decide on the placement and dimensions

One factor to keep in mind is the surface that needs to be covered and also the amount of sun exposure. You will need to find fitting plants that can thrive in the conditions you have. Even though it may be challenging to have sunlight loving flowers indoors, there is always the option of supplementing them with artificial lighting, but this will add up to more maintenance and higher costs. So keep that in mind also when you set your budget.

Step 2: Do your Research

As mentioned earlier, the type of plants you choose should fit the environment offered. Sunlight, humidity and soil are the most important elements that need to be taken into consideration. Even though the most common plants used in vertical gardening are succulents, herbs and flowers, even vegetables can be added.

There is one more thing you should keep in mind when choosing plants – in order to avoid wasting too many resources on them, the plants should be the “independent” type. That means it should be possible to manage them with very little supervision. The reason is quite simple – if you’re going to have a wall full of plants, taking care of each and every one of them in particular can become very time consuming, and gardening should be relaxing rather than an additional burden.

Step 3: Choose the Wall

Dubai Ladies Club Vertical Gardens
Before choosing which plants to add in your vertical garden, you should keep in mind whether or not you want a potted-styled garden or a pocket garden made with felt fabric or canvas. These two main options will dictate the shape of your whole project, so keep in mind what you can handle before starting to build up your garden.

Most vertical gardens are attached to a wall. This helps with giving a strong support and fixing the plants in one spot. If you don’t have an available wall, you can easily create a rack that can be used as a green separator for the open space. This can be very useful if your goal is to symbolically separate certain areas. Nevertheless, it can be mobile so that you can always reshape the space around.

Step 4: Define Boundaries

We all know that plants will definitely grow. That’s why setting certain boundaries is a good idea, in order to keep a nicely shaped vertical garden. In order to achieve this, you can put up a wooden frame. The great advantage is that you can even decorate it however you want, turning your little vertical garden into a green, alive painting. Other materials can also be used in order to create this frame.

Step 5: Create your Frame

Plants need watering and continuous moisture. Since both wood and metal get worn out easily when exposed to moisture, PVC pipes could be your option to ensure your vertical garden won’t be looking shabby as it ages. It also gives your vertical garden a more industrial look. Nevertheless, make sure that all the materials used are properly treated before use.

Step 6: Use Plastic Sheets

Again, moisture can be a real challenge when it comes to vertical gardening. If not isolated and treated properly, it can lead to great damage to your wall. You could end up with mold, both on your wall and in the soil, and it can turn your gardening experience into a failure. The best way to prevent this is by adding a plastic sheet as a backing for the fabric layer.

Step 7: Add Fabric

The layer of fabric is basically where the plants will live and it needs to have all the requirements to keep the greenery alive and fresh. One must-have quality of the fabric is the ability to hold water without rotting. Whether it is carpet padding or any other type of fabric, this must be highly absorbent. The best way to fix it is with galvanised screws and stainless steel staples – non-corrosive metals that will not rust from all the moisture.

Step 8: Don’t forget Irrigation and Fertilisers

The easiest way to take care of this is by using a tube across the top of the frame that will allow water to drip down. You can do it professionally by using irrigation drippers and a propagation timer which will water the fabric on a regular basis. This way you won’t have to worry about the wellbeing of the plants everyday. Nevertheless, you should take into consideration the fact that some fertilisers might be needed. This process can easily be taken care of with a simple irrigation valve that sends the liquid fertiliser into the main irrigation system. Also, you must keep in mind that water follows gravity, bringing fertiliser and soil with it. This is where a flower bed at the bottom of the vertical garden can serve a good drainage.

Step 9: Plant your plants

After all the technical stuff is finally settled, you can now go for the plants and finally insert them into your vertical garden. Remember what we’ve said at the beginning of the article – plants should suit the environment. Floor to Ceiling Vertical Garden

Another important thing to be aware of is the way you are mixing plants. You wouldn’t want to find yourself in a situation where half of your plants have withered after one month, which is why research should be carried out at the planning stage to identify which plants should be planted on top and which ones can go at the bottom of the garden.

Step 10: Maintain (and Enjoy!)

Once the vertical garden is up and running, and all necessary precautions have been done prior to starting your own, the maintenance process shouldn’t be too challenging. All that’s left is to water and trim the plants from time to time, and for you to enjoy your new little green haven with your employees and your clients.

Professional Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens are easy to maintain when done properly, and a great way of improving your interior or exterior without taking too much of your business’ horizontal space. It’s the most efficient way to have a garden that can impress.

However, if you want to go for a vertical garden but find the steps too complex, then worry not – you can still enjoy the benefits of having a green wall without having to set it up yourself. There are landscape contractors such as Planters who use a more advanced way of building these green wonders. You can enjoy personalised vertical garden designs that will perfectly fit your available space, and complement your interior design as well as your branding. Just reach out to one of our specialists and let us help you build your own green vertical oasis.
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