Create Green and Eco-Roof with Garden on Roof
Creating garden on roof is clever way to utilize limited space, specially for home with small yard and garden. If you have flat and strong roof, consider to build garden on roof. It has many benefits: reduce air pollution, absorb carbon dioxide and monoxide, give insulation for roof, enhance privacy, reduce heat, absorb rain water and make shady.
Check construction of roof
To star successful garden on roof, first and most important factor is checking roof construction strength because generally roofs are not designed for foot traffic, but only as building architectural element, exception if since building design planning, this garden on roof has been planned. Concrete and brick roof fulfill condition, but not for canopy roof.
The right plant types
Some flowers and vegetable plants can grow well at roof. Commonly roof condition is hotter than other area, find first information what plants will be suit for roof. Put plants in containers. At least these each container can hold one gallon soil. Important to keep humidity and protect plant root.
Three recommended plants are sedums, grasses and wild flowers. Sedums are ideal plants for roof. It needs less care, able grow at shallow soil and survive at hard condition. Sedums has various of shape and colors, also they produce flowers. Common grasses for garden on roof are fescue, cheat grass and Canadian blue grass. They make roof look more interesting. While wild flowers are needed to create natural habitat to attract some butterflies and insects to come in.
Select light and durable container to hold soil and water. Good container must able provide humidity and drainage for plants. Every plant need water and oxygen. To keep humidity level, mix soil and peat moss in container. Add fertilizer as nutrient for plants. To prevent soil go out through bottom holes, pour gravel at the bottom of container.
Check soil humidity level
The best time to give water for plants are night, so plants have long time to absorb humidity. Roof area tend to windy. It can cause plants tend to dry and withered. Watering at night can anticipate those two possibilities. Before giving water, enter your finger into soil. If you feel dry, it indicates humidity level decrease, so immediately give water.
Additionally tips, if there is free space around your garden on roof, don’t be shy to function it as relaxing room. You need lamp and garden benches. If needed, add big umbrella and coffee table. Try to enjoy starry night with a glass of hot coffee.