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Planning a Roof Garden Design in Urban Places
By: Leaf Stone Water
With some creative thinking and practical know-how, you can transform your rooftop into a stunning outdoor space for relaxation. Following are some tips on how to start your rooftop garden:
Check the Load-Bearing Capacity of Your Roof
First of all, determine whether your roof is strong enough to handle the load of a rooftop garden, including the weight of the soil, plants, waterproofing systems, and seating. Next, it is recommended that you consult a roof garden design company to accurately examine your structural system and select the best location for your rooftop garden.
Plan for Drainage and Other Pre-Treatments
For your rooftop garden, you will need to plan for the drainage points and ensure there is no stagnation of water. Water seepage and stagnation can cause cracks in the roof and long-term structural damage. To prevent this, treat your roof with a layer of screed concrete and then use a chemical compound, e.g. bitumen, to waterproof it. For efficient, proper drainage, use a layer of PVC drainage cells and cover them with geotextile fabric.
Choose the Right Type of Plants
There should be a balanced mix of shrubs, ground cover, and flowering plants for your rooftop garden. Common choices for warm climates include yellow trumpet bush, bird of paradise, plumbago, and areca palm. If your roof can bear the weight, you can choose certain medium-sized tropical trees, e.g. the Ashoka tree.
Plan the Seating and Decorations
Incorporate seating as well as the aesthetic elements in appropriate places to maximize your rooftop garden experience. For warm climates, dressed stone seats are recommended. For cooler climates, seats made from materials like acacia wood are suitable. You can use decorate garden elements and ornaments to add an aesthetic touch to your rooftop garden. Bird feeders, stone urns, and birdbaths are some popular options.
Prioritizing maintenance is a crucial aspect of planning a rooftop garden. Your garden will need an irrigation system for proper everyday maintenance. If you have a small garden, you can choose basically any simple sprinkler system. For larger gardens, a combination of a drip and a sprinkler system is recommended.
Plan for an easy access point to the rooftop so that everyday maintenance and care is not an issue. Also, to minimize maintenance, it is highly recommended that you avoid planting too many lawn grasses that require lots of mowing and watering.
Contact Leaf Stone Water to gain a greater appreciation of the opportunities for your roof garden design (https://www.leafstonewater.com/
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