Please note if you are considering building a large green wall with Woolly Pockets it is your responsibility to assess whether it is necessary to obtain engineering checks, planning permits and/or building permits.
1. What is a Wally Pocket made from?
2. The benefits of breathability and living walls
There are two primary benefits to breathable pockets in a living wall. Firstly, it allows the soil of the living wall to aerate naturally, which reduces the need to drain the living wall and also helps to conserve the living wall’s water. Second, when the roots sense air they do something called air pruning. This is the natural process of stopping their own root growth when they sense they've reached the limits of their space. This keeps the living wall’s roots healthy and stops the plants from becoming root-bound by growing in continuing circles as they do in non-breathable containers such as clay pots.
3. What kind of plants should I grow in my living wall Pockets?
4. What is the best soil to use in my living wall?
.40 cubic feet per individual living wall pocket (approx. 11 litres or .011 cubic metres)
5. What is the best kind of water to use in my living wall?
The manufacturer’s recommend the use of filtered water for watering your Woolly Wally living wall system in order to maintain the natural PH balance of the soil.
If you can only use unfiltered water on your living walls, you'll want to take your Woolly Pocket outside once a year to flush it. This means thoroughly soaking your living wall Pockets until water runs out the sides. Flushing your living wall Pockets won't harm your Pocket or your living wall plants, in fact it will help them. Make sure you let them dry in the sun before bringing it inside to prevent the damp living wall Woolly Pockets from damaging your floors or furniture. When you bring it back inside, don't forget to replace the living wall’s nutrients lost with fertiliser.
6. How much water should I use in my living wall?
The manufacturers recommend watering 3 cups per individual pocket (or about 5% water to soil volume) and adjusting amounts based on the particular needs of your plants and living wall environment. If the Woolly Pockets living wall moisten on the outside after watering, try watering half as much the next time. If moisture persists in the living wall, be sure the soil you're using is a high-quality potting soil that stays loose and holds water in your living wall.
You will want to monitor the amount of water carefully to make sure each living wall pocket is getting enough water to be happy, but not so much that the living wall pockets sweat. Check the back of the living wall pockets for moisture once a month and adjusting the amount of water accordingly. Just to be safe, check your living wall Pockets after watering. If the living wall Pocket's are wet, you're probably over watering your living wall. But don't worry, just pat the living wall Pocket dry with a towel and use less water in your living wall next time. The wall is protected thanks to the impermeable moisture barrier in each Woolly Wally Pocket living wall.
7. Is there a particular technique to watering a living wall Woolly Pockets?
Yes, water the soil closest to the wall to prevent water from running out the front of the living wall. Think of the back of the living wall Pocket as the watering side and the front as the breathing side of the living wall.
Drip Irrigation systems and living wall Woolly Pockets
The manufacturers strongly recommend installing filtered drip irrigation for your Woolly Pocket living wall’s system. You'll want to run the irrigation line along the inside of the living wall pockets towards the back, right above the root ball of the living wall’s plants. You'll need an adjustable drip system so you can customize the amount of water to the needs of each plant in your living wall. Plan to install two drip heads per living wall Pocket.
Remember: Think of the back of the living wall Pocket as the watering side and the front of the living wall Pocket as the breathing side.
8. DIY living wall installation
This is the written explanation of the Instructional living wall video
· A vertical surface to hang your living walls
· Woolly Pockets and a fixing per hole. The living wall fixing holes are located every 55.9cm (or 22 “) horizontally (fixing to fixing). And every 33cm (13 inches) up and down (fixing to fixing)
· An electric drill, screwdriver, tape measure, level
· Masking tape and a pen
· Quality soil
· Garden shovel or pail
· A living wall assistant and about two hours
Spacings 55.9cm horizontal (hole to hole) and 33 cm up and down (hole to hole)
a. Using your level and measuring tape, place one piece of tape vertically down the centre of the wall where you want to hang your living wall Pockets.
b. Using your level and measuring tape, place a piece of tape horizontally along the wall where you'll be drilling the holes to hang the living wall Woolly grommets. When hanging multiple rows, space them 33cm (or 13") centre to centre vertically so that the living wall Pockets overlap a little to hide the wall behind them.
c. Using your measuring tape, mark the blue tape where the living wall holes should be drilled and pre-drill each hole.
d. Remove the tape and install the living wall wall anchors into the pre-drilled holes.
e. Hang your living wall Woolly Pockets using the screws and washers supplied. When you hang multiple living wall Pockets, save the anchors that will hang two living wall Pockets for last so you can double them up.
f. Fill each living wall Pocket halfway with soil. Add your plants and top each Wally Pocket off with more soil, as necessary.
9. Help? Living walls? I am most definitely not a DIY living wall person!
While the Woolly Pockets are an easy to install living wall system not everyone has the time or desire to undergo Do It Yourself living wall activities. Garden Beet can provide an installation service for your Woolly Pocket system.
Please make contact for a living wall quote on 020 3397 2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vertical gardening is enjoyable. Simply follow the living wall instructions and you will be able to enjoy living walls either inside or out. Vertical gardens not only allow urban dwellers to grow gardens in limited spaces but can also absorb noise and help assist with a building’s thermal properties. Living walls can look spectacular no matter how small or large. Like all plants remember to water and feed your living wall and it should bring you endless joy.