If a home is a man’s castle, his garden is his paradise! However, to create the perfect paradise, extensive planning goes into any yard. There are many ways to achieve the aesthetic you would like, and adding a planter wall can add to your design and yard functionality. Read on for tips about how to utilize planter walls in your landscaping!
How to Utilize Planter Walls in Your Landscaping
A key element of creating your paradise is privacy. It is important to keep privacy in mind when designing your landscaping. Planter walls can be a great privacy feature that adds style and value to your home while also enhancing your privacy and giving you a vertical garden space. In terms of privacy, they can serve as a solid wall (great for neighbors you despise) or one with space in between slats or plants for a breeze to go through. They can muffle noise and are far prettier than a standard privacy fence!
Planter walls aren’t just a pretty facade – they can be functional too! A planter wall doesn’t have to be limited to flowers and greenery. It can be a valuable place to grow fruit, vegetables, and herbs just feet from your kitchen! Some of our favorites to grow include strawberries, peppers, lettuce, radishes, pak choi, and a variety of herbs. If you are building or designing your wall, it is easy to arrange the proper size boxes with enough space for these edible plants to grow. We suggest taking some time to figure out what you want to grow in your planter walls so you can perfect your design before you implement it.
The sky (or the HOA guideline) is the limit of your planter wall height, making it potentially a great source of sun protection. Try mapping out a planter wall near the patio area, using it as an accent in an outdoor kitchen, or even one near the end of the pool! It will be a great source of shade at different times of the day and feel more natural and sturdy than an umbrella.
A living wall can be a focal point of your garden. It can take the average yard and turn it into a unique place and make you look like a pro gardener in the meantime. Placing it strategically in your yard can hide ugly equipment such as air conditioning units or pool equipment, or it can highlight features such as an outdoor fireplace. Additionally, you can even use it as a wall or backboard to a raised garden bed, especially if that bed needs a bit of extra shade or wind protection.
How do you build a planter wall?
Building a planter wall involves a systematic process to ensure stability and functionality. First, select a suitable location and determine the wall’s dimensions. Dig a trench for the foundation, ensuring it’s deep and wide enough for stability. Lay a sturdy base, such as concrete or compacted gravel, to prevent sinking. Use interlocking blocks or bricks to construct the wall, ensuring proper alignment and leveling. Incorporate drainage holes or pipes to prevent water accumulation. Fill the planter with a quality soil mixture suitable for the intended plants. Finally, add plants, considering their size and growth requirements. Regular maintenance, including watering and pruning, will help your planter wall thrive. To ensure a safe and stable planter wall, you may want to consider hiring a local hardscaper to build and install it for you.
Do wall planters need drainage holes?
Yes, wall planters generally require drainage holes to ensure proper water drainage. Without adequate drainage, excess water can accumulate in the planter, leading to waterlogged soil and root rot, which can harm or even kill the plants. Drainage holes allow excess water to escape, preventing waterlogging and promoting healthy root growth. When designing or selecting wall planters, it’s essential to ensure they have sufficient drainage holes. Additionally, using materials like gravel or broken pottery at the bottom of the planter can further enhance drainage by creating a space for excess water to collect before draining out through the holes.
How thick is a planter wall?
The thickness of a planter wall can vary depending on the specific design, materials used, and the intended purpose of the wall. Generally, planter walls range in thickness from 4 to 12 inches. Thinner walls, around 4 to 6 inches, are often suitable for smaller planters or decorative installations. For larger or more substantial planter walls that need to support greater weight or provide structural stability, a thickness of 8 to 12 inches may be preferred. It’s important to consider the specific requirements of the plants, the type of material being used, and any additional reinforcement needed to ensure the wall is durable and functional.
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