Any true gardener will naturally consider building a rooftop garden when the amount of space that they have in their yard is restricted. Rooftop gardens are an ideal way for an urban gardener to develop their green thumb. It also makes good use of frequently unused and wasted space.
Rooftop gardens may require to follow city ordinances, rental property rules, or homeowner association regulations. It is best to know if you need permits or require special permission before you spend time and money on it. Hiring an architect or contractor for the whole garden building process will give you knowledge if the structure is sound enough for the project. The architect or contractor should be able to tell if the building can take the additional weight.
Of course, the roofing must also be taken into consideration. It is, after all, one of the most critical components off the house, protecting the whole structure and its inhabitants. The weight of the roof will play a vital role in your garden design. The use of lightweight materials for your project is essential — opt for plastic, fiberglass, or foam planting containers, and avoid using pavers. The garden will obviously need to be watered, so there will need to be a water storage or water supply system installed in your rooftop garden. However, be mindful that water is the primary source of roof problems. You may opt to consider improving the protection of your roofing system when planning tour garden. According to cityseamlessroofing.com, a roof repair can set you back between $3.50 and $10.00 per foot. Check with your local roofing experts if your current roofing can support a garden.
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Green Roof Gardens
Green roof gardens or sustainable roof gardens existed centuries ago as an effective way to keep homes cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It is gaining popularity once again because of climate change and the lack of space in urban areas. You may want to consider creating a hydroponic garden that uses a special nanoporous membrane to remove bacteria and other particles. This membrane will then allow water rich in nutrients to flow through the honeycomb structure to nourish the plants. This garden is best if you want to grow fruits and vegetables. Take note that this design allows the plants to have enough nutrients without adding too much weight from the soil.
Vertical Roof Garden
If you have limited space but a huge desire to build a garden, go for a vertical garden. They take up little space, but have maximum impact. You can use different styles for vertical gardens including a garden netting, trellis, a tower of pots, and a wall. If you really want to maximize your space, it’s best to use the wall or trellis. For vertical wall gardens, you do not have to consider the weight of the soil, especially if your pots are secured on the wall. When choosing your plants, make sure to find the amount of sunlight that your particular wall receives. Direct morning sun may damage some sensitive plants.
Luxury Rooftop Garden
Who says you cannot have a luxurious rooftop garden? If you want to achieve a luxurious rooftop garden, choose your pots carefully. Sometimes, pot designs and colors can add that expensive touch to your garden. If you are going to add garden furniture, make sure that it is made of materials safe for an outdoor setting.
Setting up a garden is an exciting and rewarding task, especially if you have the right knowledge about the materials and the design that you want to execute. While gardening is a mood-lifting activity, there are tons of factors that you must take into account, so you can avoid any problems later on.