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More uses, so many models
The origin of garden gratings is lost in the mists of time and is linked to the need to support climbing plants, whether they are set against a masonry wall like a wall covering, or used as an autonomous architectural element, like a real living wall. This second use has led to the development of modular industrial machined, assembled and so well finished that it can be used as autonomous architectural modules, not necessarily suitable for supporting plants.
Italy boasts leading companies in the sector, with proposals for wooden grills from rustic to elegant to design. Some versions are already equipped with uprights, basements and accessories (shelves, benches, gates) as well as having coordinated garden furniture. They lend themselves to the creation of pergolas, gazebos, corridors, entrances or simply scenes that can be used as real outdoor walls, to delimit spaces based on use, to overshadow or screen portions of our property. In the more compact weft versions the wooden grids can also have the function of a windbreak or floor barrier.
DIY: the wooden grid for gardening
Do-it-yourself is accessible to everyone especially to make plant supports. The simplest structures are precisely those to support climbing species on the wall and can be built at home. They can be made with bamboo canes joined by a florist's wire, but greater strength can be guaranteed by a wooden grating. To obtain it by hand, a wood saw is enough, wood slats of a width of around 5 cm. and of the desired length, nails and hammer to join them together creating a lattice with squares or lozenges. It is fundamental to fix our grill well on the wall and / or on the ground, as well as not forgetting to protect it with an impregnating agent - a special paint to spread with a brush, which protects the wood from atmospheric agents, mold and fungus, parasites and aggressions pollution. The wooden grids that are on the market have already immediately this essential treatment for their durability.
With wooden grids of our own realization it will be fun and very satisfying to let wisteria, hibiscus, roses, jasmine, lilac or whatever we like, turn into a beautiful covering for an old wall or into a self-supporting bush!
The wooden grids as a building structure: the already ready
To furnish outdoor spaces with the simplest way, and with a safe result, is to search among the industrial wooden gratings: there is a wide choice, with prices for all pockets, starting from 35.00 / 50.00 euros per module. They can be installed either directly on the ground or on a pavement, paying due attention to anchoring to the ground, which must guarantee stability to the stress of wind and atmospheric agents in general.
Ready-made modules are particularly appreciated by outdoor architects because they have reduced dimensions, do not alter the environment in a definitive way and, as they are mobile structures, they do not need interventions and building permits to be installed. The grids, also in the version with finishes and uprights, are rather light and therefore easily usable also for the construction of hanging gardens and balconies. They allow to define - in the same way as a wall or a low wall - the different areas of use of green spaces: entrances, corridors, rooms where you can sit and entertain, more private rooms or sheltered from sun and rain, walls that can deny to view service areas. Therefore, they are widely used in outdoor public facilities, such as restaurant and hotel gardens, bars, and beach resorts.
But the guidance of a professional is not essential to get satisfaction from the use of wooden grills: with the modules available on the market it is not difficult! Often the sellers also offer advice on possible solutions and guarantee their installation. It is enough to present our ideas to the retailer with a detailed plan of the garden, including the overall dimensions of the furnishings and structures that it is intended to maintain. Only a minimum of planning and imagining the transformations to be implemented is indispensable.
Garden wood grills: Ancient simplicity, that is, economy and ecology of the garden grill
The choice of the wooden grill has two advantages that should not be underestimated, linked to its very nature. It is particularly economical and ecological.
It does not require large investments in money and allows, in the case of a building structure, changes to the use of the spaces defined initially, to restructure or move by re-using the structures available, integrating them as needed with new elements and proceeding (if necessary) only to simple restoration of colors and protective paint with simple restorations.
Finally, it is absolutely ecological: wood is a natural material and rather durable over time. At the end of their life cycle, garden wooden grids can easily be used as fuel or even shredded and composted.
The material in which it is made and its essential conception are the simple values that have allowed it to remain over the centuries, while adapting and evolving according to the taste and needs of the era in which the wooden garden grill is made.