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Whether you live in an apartment or have a tiny backyard but would love to use your green thumb, consider making a vertical garden. Vertical gardens are becoming extremely popular in urban homes where horizontal gardening space is limited. Aside from providing beautiful, living decor, vertical gardens can have some impressive benefits to you and your home.
Vertical gardens that are installed on the exterior of your home can help protect your siding against harsh weather. In areas where rain is plentiful, vertical gardens on the side of your home can protect your exterior paint from water damage. If installed properly, vertical gardens on the side of your home can also act as a type of insulation which could help boost the energy efficiency of your home. These types of vertical gardens could also potentially help you earn LEED credits.
If you want a stylish and pretty way to hide your trash barrels or electric meter, use a vertical garden. Having a solid vertical garden instead of vines will provide a more complete level of beauty and privacy. Vertical gardens work well as a room divider where they can do double duty – provide total privacy and improve the air quality of your home.
Mental and Physical Health
Along with improving the air quality of your home, vertical gardens are great for our mental and physical health. If you work from home, consider putting a vertical garden in your home office. Studies have shown that having plants in your work area can help improve your quality of work and keep you more positive and productive. For those who suffer from arthritis or who can’t kneel or bend anymore, vertical gardens are the perfect option. You’ll be able to easily care for your plants in a vertical garden without putting any strain on your knees or joints.
If you have pets or live in an area with a lot of wildlife that keep eating and destroying your garden, a vertical garden may resolve your conflicts. Vertical gardens can be raised higher than a raised gardening bed so pets and wildlife cant get to them. This is especially beneficial if you plan on growing plants that may be hazardous or poisonous to your pets. In addition to keeping pets and wildlife out of your plants, having a vertical garden will cut down on weeds or at the very least make it much easier to control the growing of weeds so you won’t have to spend as much time weeding your garden.
Vertical gardens are unique and beautiful. And you can make them out of almost any material. From vintage picture frames to recycled pallets, vertical gardens are extremely adaptive and versatile. You can install them in any or every room of your home or on the exterior of your home. You can decorate with an entire wall of a vertical garden or grouping smaller vertical gardens like photographs. No matter the size or style of your home, you can take joy in growing a vertical garden in your home.
Article written by Kelly Mahan, also a writer for homeyou.com, a company that connects homeowners to reliable, affordable and professional contractors for their home improvement projects. Check more on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.