Why Green Facade Maintenance is Not “Set and Forget”

Sourced from Tensile Design & Construct

Anyone who’s ever kept a plant in a pot will know it needs ongoing care to survive, and the same principle applies to green facade maintenance. Without a good maintenance plan, a vertical garden installation could fail to thrive and may even need replacing.

Green facades and walls do not have the exact same needs as ground gardens and indoor pot plant displays. They are unique eco-systems requiring treatment from specialists in elevated horticultural care.

They are also usually installed to achieve a specific aim – such as cooling, better air quality, thermal improvements and so on. This means the maintenance plan needs to be very specific and geared towards continuing to meet the original purpose of the green wall or facade.

Elements of a green facade maintenance plan

A green facade maintenance plan should be incorporated into the design phase of the project.

In the early stages after completion of the installation, regular visits (e.g. fortnightly or monthly) from maintenance personnel may be needed to ensure the facade is getting off to a good start.

Once the facade is more established, it may only need six-monthly or annual visits for tasks such as pruning and fertilising.

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