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Green Living Walls Are Perfect For Any Space

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A Green Living Wall is a great enhancement to any space, in both commercial and residential applications.  Whether you have limited space to add floor plants or a large area to fill, a Green Living Wall can fulfill just about any need and will offer many positive “side-effects”. Here are just a few:

 

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Can be used in place of costly art work
  • A natural air filter
  • Adds oxygen to the air
  • Can help to increase employee productivity

 

Once you’ve made the decision to invest in a Green Living Wall, it’s best to consult a professional who can design the wall and recommend the plants best suited to your space. An experienced and knowledgeable plant professional will make the appropriate plant recommendations, which are less likely to become unsightly and quickly outgrow your new wall . This approach will minimizing costly replacements. With the right plants and care, your new Green Living Wall will provide many benefits for years to come.

 

Fungus gnats?

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Controlling fungus gnats in your houseplants can be difficult, but with some simple knowledge you can be successful.  Fungus gnats are attracted to moist potting soil, the kitchen trash can or drain, and at times, even the basket of your coffee pot when moist grounds are left sitting without being cleaned.

 

Aside from being annoying as they fly around the room landing in your morning coffee, and flying around your face, adults don’t directly harm your plants.  It’s the larvae that will do it! Being attracted to the moist soil, adults flock to overwatered plants to lay their eggs. The larvae feast on the roots of the plants, damaging them, and guess what?  They then develop into adults to start the whole process again!

 

The best place to start to combat these annoying pests is to stop overwatering your plants.  Many plants “thrive on neglect” and watering every week or two is enough.  As a general rule, allow plants to thoroughly dry out between waterings.  This will help to avoid having an issue with fungus gnats and will definitely keep your plants looking better. If you already have a fungus gnat infestation, allow the plants to dry out thoroughly, almost to the point of becoming limp and then begin watering  again, but lightly!  Use yellow sticky traps to trap any adults lingering in the area to avoid re-infestation.

Tip: Mark your calendar, set an alert on your phone or water only on pay day.  Keeping a watering schedule will help you water properly and help to keep your plants pest free!