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Green or Living Walls

A green or also called living wall is when vegetation/ plants are put vertically up the wall. To hold the plants, most of the time a felt matt with sown on pockets is used. The pockets are then filled with earth and the plants of your choice. Green walls are a true way of bringing the outside to the inside. So, what are the pros and cons of a green or living wall?

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Advantages of using a green/ living wall:

  • Green walls are unique and can include herbs or your favorite plants

  • Green walls help regulate the moisture in your room

  • Green walls create a beautiful feature wall in your house

  • Green walls add to a positive experience through their smell and sight

  • For people without a garden or outside area this provides an option to integrate plants into your home

  • The addition of plants will add to the life of your interior

  • Most of us go to the countryside for a holiday to relax- with a green wall you can create a more relaxing home

Disadvantages of using a green/ living wall:

  • A drain tray at the bottom is required to ensure that there will be no potential water damage

  • The Wall structure must be stronger and thought of early to ensure it can hold the weight

  • Electric pumps are used for irrigation, unless they are watered by the owner

  • Maintenance work will be higher than other finishes (clipping and so on)

  • A regular wall system (plasterboard or the sort) is still required behind it

  • Wall or floor damage if water leaks and is not captured (best to leave a little breathing space, a gap between the wall and the green wall)

  • Animals: cats might try to climb up and dogs might mark their territory on plants at the bottom

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