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Green Roofs: How To Create The Urban Gardens Of The Future
(Monday, 10 July 2017) Written by greeniac1907982
If you live in the city, you do not have to sacrifice your passion for gardening. Rooftop gardens give you the opportunity to enjoy gardening where land is not available. If you want to enjoy the solitude in the valuable gardening space, rooftop gardens can work to your advantage. Besides creating the perfect retreat, a rooftop garden can attract birds or add immense beauty to your property. Drainage is always a problem in the rooftop gardens. Instead of pouring soil on the slab, some people decide to use planters and containers to introduce the plants. Avoid putting too much pressure on your roof.

The edible garden



The rooftop gives you the opportunity to introduce herbs, vegetables, and peppers in your edible garden. Soil and water can be extremely heavy. Fortunately, the columns of your building are designed to support as much load as possible. Before you introduce the concrete planters, be sure to mark the positions of the columns. These columns will allow you to introduce some large shrubs into your rooftop garden. If you want to include some fruit trees such as loquats or strawberries, the columns will give you the perfect opportunity to do so.

Layout



Since you want to introduce some order in your garden, you should have a planting scheme. Such a layout will enable you to visualize the garden before you embark on the implementation process. The layout will show the positions of the various containers, their sizes, and shapes. The large containers will support the large shrubs while the small containers will be ideal for the herbs and groundcovers. Include the names of the plants that you want to add in your planting scheme. While choosing the plants, avoid the annual varieties that you have to replace every year. While the annual plants have some showy bracts that can bring immense beauty to the garden, the perennials will save you from the hassle of replanting your garden every year.

Windbreaks



If the building has many columns, you can use them to introduce some windbreaks. Considering that the rooftop can be quite windy, the windbreaks will help you to make your garden safe and comfortable. If you are unable to grow some shrubs in your garden, a trellis or pergola might be a wise alternative. Introduce some attics in your pergola or trellis to break the wind and introduce some privacy.

Irrigation



If you are building some concrete planters, an in-built irrigation system can be a good idea. You can connect the water pipes to your plumbing system for ease of delivery. Decide how you will water the garden. In most cases, you will have to invest in a storage tank and an automatic irrigation system. Instead of watering the plants manually, such an irrigation system will save a lot of trouble since taking the water to the roof can be a daunting task.

Drainage



Draining the roof garden can be difficult. Even if you have a sound irrigation system, you might have to get rid of the excess water. In the event of a storm, such water can wreak havoc on the entire garden. Since you do not want a case where the mud starts spilling all over the building, ensure that you install a formidable drainage system. Find a way to conceal the pipes with the columns and dig a soak pit on the ground where possible. Alternatively, you can use the existing drainage system to get rid of the water.

Conclusion



Decide how much time you will allocate on maintenance and create a maintenance-free garden. Drought-resistant plants will also help you to reduce the water consumption. You might not introduce a lawn in your roof garden unless you have plenty of space to do so. You can also combine some artificial lawns onto your scheme. The artificial lawn can help you to include a putting green in your roof garden.








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