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June 2017

Watering Green Walls

Living green walls and vertical gardens will optimise your garden space in an eye-catching way. They are becoming increasingly popular in both commercial spaces and home gardens. Vertical gardening can take a number of different forms from hanging baskets to wall mounted systems. But keeping a vertical garden looking its best month after month takes special care, especially when it comes to irrigation.

Consider these watering tips:

If you just direct a spray of water from the top to the bottom of a green wall you risk the top plants getting too little water while the ones at the bottom drown. At the very least, the plants at the top and bottom are likely to grow at different rates.

For plants growing in vertically mounted boxes or frames, it’s worth removing the box from the wall to water it. With the box flat on the ground, water it slowly but lightly – enough to completely moisten the soil and roots.

Hanging baskets can be left in place while you water them as long as drainage is not a problem. Simply place other pots and planters directly below your baskets so they can benefit from the excess water or collect it in a bucket to feed to other plants. Moulded plastic baskets hold moisture better than woven baskets.

Some wall mounted planting systems may be able to incorporate their own irrigation systems. Ask the team at Aqualight for any garden irrigation advice but otherwise use the finger test to ensure that the plants’ roots are not drying out. Water or adjust the irrigation schedule as needed and don’t be tempted to mist wall gardens in between watering sessions. Shallow watering encourages shallow root growth and it’s better to encourage the roots to grow downwards.

The Power of Garden Lighting

Garden lights can be more than just a means to an end. Yes, choosing the right lamp for the job is important and so is choosing the right fitting to house it. But this is an opportunity to think about so much more than how well the lights will blend with the garden materials. Installing garden lighting is an opportunity to give your garden a whole new life – at night.

Well balanced garden lighting is a powerful way to accentuate any interesting features of the house itself, as well as the garden. verandas, decking, sculptures, water features, steps, pathways and pots – by making the most of outdoor lighting opportunities you can highlight their beauty, texture and personality.

A good approach is to consider your garden lighting needs in terms of function – whether it’s for decorative effects, safety reasons or practical such as barbecue lighting so you can see what you’re cooking. Think about which lights can be used to achieve the lighting effects that you require. Do you want to accentuate paths, ensure the driveway is safely lit, highlight specific plants or a garden pergola, or you may want the whole garden bathed in a soft light.

A popular way of designing gardens is to divide it into rooms. Each room is designed to serve a particular function and has its own look. The clever use of lighting can very subtly but effectively alter the experience and aesthetic of each garden ‘room’.

Lastly, if you are installing lights in a new, young garden, it’s important to remember the garden will grow. Professional garden lighting designers know how to locate the lights and cabling in a way that makes the most of the lighting opportunities today while also allowing for future plant growth.

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