If you are looking for an innovative design for your building, a green wall could be the best option. This is an already old concept but still refreshing. It gives any office or home wall a contemporary look, and it looks amazing.
There are numerous benefits to green walls as well. Hence, this is an option that you might consider if you are going to plan or redesign your building. If you have no idea about these type of walls, don’t worry as we will tell you everything about how to create it, along with its benefits and some essential tips.
What Is a Green Wall?
Although the name sounds confusing, these walls are actually a panel of plants which are grown using hydroponics. They are also called vertical gardens or eco walls. Usually, these panels are installed indoor, or they can be free-standing as well.
This concept was first developed by Stanley Hart White in 1938 under the name of vegetal wall. It eventually became a living green wall, one the biggest marvels in sustainable architecture. Nowadays, you see both indoor and outdoor green walls that come in different designs made of various materials and plants.
Benefits of a Green Wall
There are a couple of pros to green walls. When you have a green wall in your room or office, it will improve the air quality by filtering it, while also benefiting air circulation. It is proven that they can clean both outdoor and indoor air by removing VOCs and other airborne toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.
They also maintain a cool temperature within the room and reduce the urban heat island effect, along with pollution. It is also very helpful in keeping the room temperature in a comfortable state and thus reduces dust as well. Above all, it increases aesthetics and real estate value.
Tips on How to Build a Green Wall
If you are planning to build a green wall in your office or anywhere else, you can either call a professional or do it on your own. Below; we are putting down a step-by-step guide to building a Green wall:
1. Select the appropriate green wall
The very first step in building a green wall is to select the ideal place. Find the wall that you think might be most suitable for growing plants. It could be either indoors or outdoors.
2. Select green walls
If you want an indoor option, you will need to go for a tray system wall like VersaWall which is a popular option for indoor display. You may also consider freestanding walls for indoors as they are quite an easy move, install, and redesign.
3. Select plants
Once you have decided the location and panels, your next course of action is to decide on the plants you want to put on the wall. Depending on the type (i.e. indoor or outdoor), the plants can vary.
For indoor walls, you will need tropical plants from the southern hemisphere such as Heuchera, Thyme, and Sedum. On the other hand, for outdoor walls, you will need plants like Carex, Wedding Vine, Ajuga, etc.
4. Collect all material for your DIY green wall
When you are planning to make a green wall on your own, you will need a few things, and the list includes the following items:
- A wooden pallet.
- Landscaping material.
- Plastic sheets.
- Staple gun with staples.
5. Prepare the pallet for your green wall
Start with the wooden pallet that you can buy from the shop. You might even find them one lying on side of the road, looking for its next owner, if you are lucky. Now layer the inside of the pallet with fitting plastic sheets and staple them. For this, you will need to use scissors to cut strips of plastic that will fit the inside contours of your pallet.
Once you have layers the pallet, staple them to make sure water won’t leak through the plastic sheet to a wooden panel. Now line the inside of your pallet with strips of landscape material such as a black textile. This will stop the water from dabbling in the gaps of the plastic and hold water as well as moisture for the plants. Once you are done, you will need to seal the back of the pallet with the landscaping material and then the plastic sheet. Don’t forget to staple them. Your wooden pallet for your green wall is ready.
6. Install your green wall
You can install your wooden panel on a wall or even on a board stand that you can move later on. To install the pallet on a wall, you will need a drill machine and a few screws. First, measure the wall and drill a few holes in it. Afterward, place the pallet on the wall and screw it tightly.
7. Prepare and add soil to your wall
You should use controlled release fertilizers in the soil that you will put on the wall. There are different types and brands of fertilizers that you can buy from local gardens or shops. Mix them properly with the soil. Now add the soil to the pallet or green wall by putting a plastic sheet or tarp beneath the hanging pallet.
8. Adjust the climate for the green wall
You should make sure that your green wall gets enough airflow. If needed, you can install a window or even a box fan. You will also need to ensure that there is proper lighting. For this, you will need to use a grow light. This is a special bulb, able to emit specific light to facilitate photosynthesize.
9. Add plants
You may grow plants from seed or simply buy plants from the nursery. When you are adding plants to your pallet or green wall, again put a tarp beneath it to avoid any mess.
Voilà! Your DYI Green wall is ready.
A green wall on the outside or the inside of your building is a great way to bring nature closer to city inhabitants. Although it will take some effort and money to maintain it, the benefits of green walls are truly worth it. Don’t hesitate to call experts for ideal advice on how to implement this design.