A Look at Roof Top Gardens

It doesn’t matter whether you have a one-story house or if you’re living in a mansion with ten floors, rooftop gardens will always have a charm and appeal unrivaled by any other forms of indoor or outdoor gardening.

For a homeowner, this means having a private space where you can grow your favorite plant or flower and having a place to escape to when the hurly-burly city life sucks that life out of you.

However, there are of factors you need to take in consideration before you can successfully build a rooftop garden to top off your skyscraper like icing on a cake. The soil, first and foremost, where you’ll grow your plants on must be carefully selected.

Along with this, you should have a good idea how big your pots and containers should be. Your containers must be spacious enough to accommodate geraniums, primroses, or whatever kind of flower or plant you want to grow.

Now that’s pretty basic. Let’s take a look at other considerations that are not-too-basic so to speak.

Roof Top Garden Requirement 1

As mentioned, rooftop gardens are charming whether you’re a big plant and flower lover or not. However, they do pose some problems…and some are big for that matter. You see, by placing your garden on open space and top of your house means they’re exposed to winter cold and raging winds.

Give it enough time and these natural elements could destroy the twigs and branches of your plants and flowers. Constant exposure to the winds could dry out the soil during summer time, and your flowering plants will get dehydrated. Winter, on the other hand, will freeze them to death.

You won’t even see them grow if you leave them unprotected!

In light of that, having windbreaks or other forms of barriers or fences to protect them from these not-to-friendly natural elements.

Pergolas, wind panels, fences (lattice fences to be specific), and laths - these are just some of the structures you can install to protect your garden and give it the much-needed shade while allowing the essential sun and wind to go through.

Roof Top Garden Requirement 2

You must make sure that roof is strong enough to hold the weight of the containers, soil, and growing plants. The further thing you want to happen is to build a nearly-perfect garden only to have it ruined because your roof gave in!

If your roof is made of concrete, usually, it’s strong enough to hold even the most massive containers filled with soil. However, it’s better to be on the safe side and have your roof checked by a certified building inspector.