Maintaining a vertical garden is easier than a traditional garden plot, but that doesn’t make it totally maintenance-free. Learn all about vertical garden care, including watering, fertilizing, pruning, pest and weed control, and more. In addition, I will give you a lot of simple tips that will make vertical maintenance of the garden a breeze!
One of the biggest advantages of vertical growth is that it makes maintenance much easier. Assembly and disassembly of plants facilitate care and protect them from many common problems.
While maintaining vertical gardens is easier, they are not entirely maintenance-free. But do not worry, there are many things you can do to relieve the vertical maintenance of the garden.
Below I will show you how to take care of your vertical garden so that you do not have to spend the whole summer weeding, watering, fertilizing and action pests and ailments.
WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE IS IN THE VERTICAL GARDEN IS NECESSARY?
We already know that one of the biggest advantages of vertical gardening is that it is much easier to maintain a healthy and productive garden. But what kind of vertical garden maintenance is actually needed?
Well, the tasks that you need to perform when caring for vertical gardens are not much different. They still need to water, fertilize, prune and harvest – they do not disappear. However, there are many simple shortcuts in a vertical garden that make these tasks easier.
You also need to be aware of things like weeds, pests and ailments. But many of these common problems can be controlled more effectively or avoided all together when plants have grown out of the ground.
HOW TO MAKE A VERTICAL GARDEN MAINTENANCE
Below, I will discuss each of the most common vertical maintenance and maintenance tasks and give you tons of tips to make them as painless as possible.
Whether your vertical garden grows in the ground, on the Terrace or on a wall, the same basic rules apply to watering. Believe it or not, there is a good way to water plants and a bad way. Here are some watering tips…
Water at the base-watering plants at the base and not above helps prevent the growth of fungi and mold. It also helps to reduce weeds on a vertical garden plot, because you water only plants and not all weeds.
Rare and deep watering – it is better to water your vertical garden less often with deeper watering than to water a little every day. If you water deeply, the roots grow deep, so the plants do not need to be watered so often.
Ensure proper Drainage-especially make sure all your vertical planters and hanging pots have drainage holes to prevent overflow. Without proper drainage, the soil quickly becomes waterless and the plants drown.
Mulching your garden-mulching your garden has many advantages, and water retention is one of them. Mulch acts as an insulator to prevent moisture from evaporating under the scorching sun. You can add mulch to the soil of any type of vertical garden, even in containers.
Use irrigation systems-adding irrigation to your garden is a great lifeline when it comes to watering. You can simply weave garden hoses through your property or install a drip irrigation system. After Installation, insert your irrigation system into a digital timer to make watering A breeze.
TRAINING & LINKING
Many types of vines are excellent climbers and quickly cover a grid without the help of them. However, some need to be trained or attached to the support to grow vertically. Here are some tips for vertical maintenance of the garden for training and fixing plants…
Drive vines-for plants that have tendrils or twisting stems, you can gently weave the vines into the grid. Or you can attach them to the structure until they grasp by themselves. Once the vines tighten the grid, the links can be removed and reused if necessary when re-growing higher on the support.
Attach long branches-plants with long flexible branches should remain attached to the support to stay in place. To form these types of plants, gently press the stem against the support and tie it with string, garden ribbons or flexible plant ribbons.
In both matters, you should tie them very loosely, you do not want the ties to choke or cut into the vines when they become thicker. If you are worried, you can use plant clips that are very loose to avoid damage. Discover here all about how to train the vines on a grid.
If you are in containerized vertical structures like wall pockets, towers or living art gardens, weed control becomes fundamentally non-existent. But caring for vertical gardens that grow in the ground is a whole other ball game.
Weed control is one of the biggest fights gardeners face, and it can quickly become an overwhelming task. But it does not have to take much time if you take a few simple measures to prevent weeds from growing at all…
Mulch-a thick layer of mulch is the best way to prevent weeds from germinating in your vertical garden. Growing vines on trellises and other structures allows you to easily mulch around the base of plants. For best results, add a 3″ to 4 ” layer on top of the floor.
Add a weed barrier – for an additional barrier, place cardboard or a thick layer of newspaper on the floor and moisten it before stacking it on the mulch. This will choke the existing weeds and give you the upper hand. (However, I do not recommend using Weed Fabric. Weeds can still grow on it, and it is very difficult to work with it as your garden ripens)
Do not water weeds – proper watering will also help prevent weeds from growing. Watering the entire garden with an overhead sprinkler also sprinkles weeds. Instead, concentrate the water directly on the base of each plant.
Many ailment problems start at ground level, so vertical gardens tend to have fewer problems with soil-related ailments. However, at some point, you will probably have to deal with some fungal ailments or problems.
So check for signs of infection, such as discoloration or stains on the leaves, during your regular vertical gardening tasks. This allows you to quickly take action to stay one step ahead of the problem before it spreads.
Here are tips to combat fungus and ailment problems in your vertical garden…
Regular pruning-Pruning is one of the best ways to prevent fungal ailments and problems. The regular cut allows for sufficient airflow and keeps the leaves away from the ground.
Mulch around the base of the plants in your vertical garden prevents the soil from splashing on the leaves. This prevents soil-related ailments from infecting your plants.
Correct watering-water the plants in the morning to allow the leaves to dry during the day. This will help slow or even stop the spread of ailments. If you need to water your garden in the evening, be sure to keep the water from the leaves.
Proper disposal-never place ailmentd plants in your compost bin. Instead, throw the infected plant material in the trash or burn it to finish the pathogens.
Fresh potting soil-Never use potting soil in your vertical containers or hanging gardens. It is important to always use fresh and sterile soil when planting vertical gardens in any type of container or hanging planter.