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How to Install LiveWall®

LiveWall projects are typically installed by professional contractors experienced in landscape, irrigation, plumbing and/or general construction.

With each order, we produce a customized set of shop drawings with instructions for the layout of the green wall rails, planters, and irrigation feed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Living Wall Installations

LiveWall is a soil-based living wall system that utilizes molded-planters, and the structures must be designed in the increments required to accommodate full planters:

Horizontal spacing: 16″ on center

Vertical Spacing: Large Planters (Indoors or Outdoors): 16″ on center, Standard Planters (Outdoors): 12″ on center

Typically, the only components that you would need to cut to fit are the furring strips and irrigation lines.  RainRail® irrigation conduit slot rails are manufactured in a variety of lengths divisible by 16 inches. Our design staff chooses appropriate RainRail lengths to eliminate field cutting. In some cases, field conditions may not match the site plans provided to LiveWall and custom cutting may be required. In those cases, the rails must be cut to 16 inch increments, and the cut end will have to be cleaned of all burs and debris to prevent irrigation nozzles clogs.

The LiveWall system includes furring tracks, which provide flexibility in design over a number of different applications. The building wall design and means of fastening LiveWall to the wall system are the responsibility of the local architect and/or structural engineer and installation contractor and must comply with local codes.  The installation contractor will be responsible to select appropriate anchors.

We contacted Fastenal and HILTI for their recommendations for various types of wall structures, and compiled them below (based on 18 pounds per square foot).  Contact your preferred anchor manufacturer to confirm suitability for your application. Please note that adhesives should not be used.

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Wall MaterialFastener TypeSizePilot HoleMFG/ VendorPart
BrickTorx Hex Washer Head Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-3/4″1/4″HILTIKWIK-CON II+1/4″ x 1-3/4″ THWH St Steel
ITW Red Head Tapcon Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-3/4″1/4″Fastenal0131211 1/4″ x 1-3/4″ Hex Washer, Hex Drive, St Steel
CMUTorx Hex Washer Head Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-3/4″1/4″HILTIKWIK-CON II+1/4″ x 1-3/4″ THWH St Steel
ITW Red Head Tapcon Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-3/4″1/4″Fastenal0131211 1/4″ x 1-3/4″ Hex Washer, Hex Drive, St Steel
Mortar JointsNot Recommended
Poured WallsTorx Hex Washer Head Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-3/4″1/4″HILTIKWIK-CON II+1/4″ x 1-3/4″ THWH St Steel
ITW Red Head Tapcon Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-3/4″1/4″Fastenal0131211 1/4″ x 1-3/4″ Hex Washer, Hex Drive, St Steel
Steel StudsBallistic Point, Single Fastener0.157-1″N/AHILTIX-U 27 P8 TH

Metal “Tophat” & 8mm Plastic

Aluminum StudsBallistic Point, Single Fastener0.157-1″N/AHILTIX-U 27 P8 TH

Metal “Tophat” & 8mm Plastic

Wooden StudsTorx Hex Washer Head Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-1/4″1/4″HILTIKWIK-CON II+1/4″ x 1-1/4″ THWH St Steel
ITW Red Head Tapcon Screw Anchor1/4″ x 1-1/4″1/4″Fastenal0131211 1/4″ x 1-1/4″ Hex Washer, Hex Drive, St Steel
EIFSVaries, fasten through Exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) to structure below.

The LiveWall System requires an irrigation feed that is capable of providing sufficient water volume and pressure for each irrigation zone.  The backflow preventer should be hooked up to a feed line that is at least 25PSI, not to exceed 85 PSI.  Pressures over 85 PSI may damage fittings and lead to leaks.

Each valve requires 8-10 gpm per valve (zone), regulated to 15psi pressure, via pressure regulators that are placed upstream of each valve.  In some cases, a booster pump may be required to ensure that the upper valves receive sufficient pressure and flow to water the planter array evenly.

LiveWall quotes mainline irrigation components for each project, and this includes backflow prevention, irrigation controller, and a micron filter to keep any waterborne debris from plugging up the irrigation nozzles.  Installation contractors must source pipe and fittings to connect mainline to the irrigation valves.

LiveWall mainline irrigation hookup pressure and volume requirements.

LiveWall is usually installed by professional contractors specializing in landscape, irrigation, plumbing, siding, or general construction.

Need a referral to a local contractor?

Yes.  Among the commercial-grade planted living wall products, LiveWall is among the simplest to install.

LiveWall installation requires little guesswork, and can be completed with common tools of typical tradesmen.  The irrigation system is integrated into the planter array, installation steps are spelled out in our installation guide and video, and custom shop drawings are produced with each order.

Fast easy installation is the norm, and this equates to economical installation.

Our time studies indicate that it takes about 3/10 (.3) to 1/2 (.5) man-hour of labor per square foot.  It will be somewhat greater for smaller applications and less for larger applications.

The infrastructure of the LiveWall system can be installed in every season, with some caveats:

  • The irrigation system should not be activated at temperatures at or below freezing. Thus, the irrigation system will need to wait to be tested until temperature climbs above freezing.
  • Nozzles should not be installed until the irrigation system has been tested and run to flush out any debris introduced during the installation.
  • Generally, plants should be not be installed during winter.  We recommend that they are held at the nursery until the spring.

To minimize installation time, please familiarize yourself with the installation instructional video.

LiveWall's structure can be installed in the winter.