A real look at the pros and cons of choosing an artificial or real green wall for your home or business.
Why trust us? You might be wondering why we’re talking about real green walls when we’re in the business of providing artificial green walls and vertical gardens. Like you, we started off with real plants, and still (to be brutally honest) have a mix of both. We get asked many times, why artificial, or why real? So to answer, we took a step back at the pros and cons of both and when either is suitable to liven up or transform your indoor or outdoor space.
Fake green walls
Typically made from plastic, these new vertical garden designs arise from a desire to keep the non-green thumbs happy.
The benefits of having a fake green wall, include not having to water your plants, nor worry about giving them too much care. There’s no need to worry about fertilisers, keep an eye out for those hungry snails or even think about using pesticides. As the artificial plants and green walls do not grow, there is also no concern that they’ll overgrow an area. That also means, come Autumn, their leaves don’t fall off. So overall, there is no maintenance for fake artificial gardens.
Another pro about your plants being plastic is they can be easily adjusted. If you order an artificial hedge, for instance, you can cut to the shape or size of your space with ease. There are also hooks and edges that can be used to fix your artificial green wall.
As the artificial green walls are plastic, they do not collect oxygen like real plants and provide less environmental benefits.
The plants also only come in the styles or designs that the artificial market installs. So for unique flowers like lilies, it can be hard to find the design that you are looking for. Some suppliers can custom make to order, but this all depends on the manufacturer as well.
Another con is that you don’t get to see your plants grow. This can be a good and a bad thing, but can be a killer for those who enjoy putting in the effort to build and maintain a garden of their own, and see nature’s magic unfold.
Real green walls
A real green wall uses the process of photosynthesis. As a result, if strategically placed, the plant or vertical green wall can help to lower temperatures and even control air circulation. This can also mean less power is needed to heat or cool a home because the plants naturally take away the heat in summer. In colder months, like Autumn many plants also lose their leaves, which helps to allow the sun in, to keep the space warmer. Notably, evergreen trees do not provide this benefit.
Also, to keeping air and temperature under control, real green walls can encourage wildlife and biodiversity. So if you love birds coming by, you can find a design that can attract them to your back or front yard. A study also found that living green walls can help cut pollution.
You can also grow vegetables and food on real green walls such as with a vertical garden, making them not just a beautiful space, but one that provides for your food needs.
Living green walls have a downside to their growth, with having to worry about plants taking over your space. We have all seen those houses in a street that have overgrowth. The ivy is taking over the verandah, the shrubs looking like a mess and leaves scattered across the driveway. All this means, you either need to be frequently gardening or invest in paying a gardener. This can cost you time and money for the maintenance you have to provide on an ongoing basis, which for some can feel like an eternity.
While artificial green walls can rely on the changing rain cycle, real plants often need to be watered daily or on a regular basis. So some effort is necessary and this adds to your water bill.
If you have a child or house member that has allergies, real living walls can also turn into a burden, depending how bad the individual gets with different plants (particularly in Spring).
In some cases, pesticides or chemicals may be used to keep unwanted guests, like hungry snails away from your real green wall. These are often toxic, not great for the lungs and are usually not pet-friendly.
Benefits shared by real and fake green walls
Like anything, there are some advantages which both real and fake green walls share. For starters, they are both green. The colour green and feature of greenery in a workplace or home is said to have an effect that makes a person feel calm or less stressed, leaving a positive health impact.
Both living and fake green walls also can add privacy to an indoor space, while also beautifying the environment with its ‘natural’ beauty. And with such an addition, it is no surprise that green walls are said to have a positive effect on the value of property.
Real Vs. Artificial Green Walls
Whether you choose a real green wall or artificial one, we hope this blog has been helpful in understanding the pros and cons of each option.
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