Introduction: DIY Green Hedge on the Wall Itself
There are two things that I am fond of, Greenery and Natural Privacy.
I always wanted some privacy around the perimiter of my house.
Why not get them both at once?
So there goes my MR.BRAIN for some hunt.
And I have an Idea......
(EDIT- 18 Month update is posted in last step)
Step 1: Talent Hunt
One main problem that I identified was lack of space.
I did not want any plants on my ground. The garden was lush and it was not feasible to dedicate any real-estate for the hedge.
Yes it was possible!
I had a thick wall for the perimeter itself, giving me a platform 12 inches wide exactly where i needed (the compound itself) and it ran all around my house.
Next Issue was choosing the plant that will do fine with just 9 to 12 inches of space and still grow tall and lush.
Fortunately, God has given us so many handsome choices, and I did not need time to Select one.
I went for what is called as "Bambusa Tulda" the native Indian bamboo.
This is a well behaved and evergreen Bamboo and most suitable for my use
Did you know that, It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945?
read more here-
Step 2: Lets Buy
My contender Being finalized as bamboo, I went to a local nursery and buyed dozens of plants at Rupees 7 per plant.
Step 3: The Place
Adding few pictures of the place for understanding
Step 4: Gather the Materials
Having the plants delivered, It was time to get to work!
i Can't just place them on wall and expect these babies to survive..
I had to make some Soil-retention mechanism and structural support for them.
Mr.BRAIN, we need you again!
I will be using metal sheets to generate a hollow space, about 25 inch deep, 12 inch wide, and 75~80 inches wide for each section. there are many such sections for a wall length 50 feet in total.
However, even treated metal sheets won't last much with prolonged contact with water and mud.
So I lined them with Plastic "Root/ Rhizome barrier"
Step 5: Affixing the Sheets
With the help of some strong men, I affixed the Plates to wall using my Drill gun and using 5 inch long screws to hold the sheets against pillars. Let the pictures guide you . Please view all of them and run your mouse over those squares for the guidelines.
Step 6: Installing Root/Rhizome Barrier
With the Metal sheets fixed, I Lined the interior space with Fiber sheets.
Step 7: Planting the Little Babies
With the Fiber lined up, Dirt loaded in, It was time to put these little beasts into their place.
Simply spaced them 2 feet apart. Bamboos grow Quickly and will fill the whole canal in no time, with their Lush foilage and attractive clums.
Step 8: Results- 6 Months
Here are the pictures after 6 months of the Saplings being planted!
Step 9: Results- 12 Months
Breathtaking! The sleeping beasts are finally showing some Muscle. The Hedge has Grown about 8 feet above the wall!
Enjoy the photographs! There are many of them! Don't miss the macros too!
Two year results are going to be Mind-blowing It seems!
Step 10: 18 Months Update
Enjoy the pics!