2 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Planning A Rooftop Garden

If you live in an urban area and have no yard to landscape, you may be thinking about starting a rooftop garden. However, before you ask permission from your landlord and begin the planning process, ask yourself the following questions about the feasibility of starting your garden.

Will the Roof Support the Added Weight?

The first thing you should ask yourself is about the structural integrity of the building and the roof on which you will be planting your garden. To build a landscape on the roof, you will need to have soil, plants, and pots to get it started.

As the plants grow larger, they will add even more weight. You should also plan on the added weight of the water required to keep the soil moist.

If your roof seems to give whenever you walk on it, you may want to reconsider your plans. However, if the roof is structurally sound, and you can verify this fact with the building inspector, you should be able to plant a garden on it.

How Much Sun Does The Rooftop Receive?

Another consideration when deciding whether or not you can have a garden on your building's roof is the amount of sunlight the space receives. Do adjacent buildings shade the roof for a large part of the day? Or, does the sun beat down on the roof with no shade at all?

If the roof is partially shaded during the day, you can work around the lack of sun exposure by planting flowers or shrubbery that does well with less sunlight. You could also use heat lamps to provide extra light if the roof has no sun but you want sun-loving plants in your garden.

However, if there is no shade at all, the excess heat may dry up your plants too quickly, requiring you to water them several times during the day. Especially if this is not an option, you could plan on placing sources of shade on the roof, such as umbrellas or awnings that will cover the plants during the hottest parts of the day.

After asking yourself the above questions, you may decide you can go ahead and start planning your garden. Contact a rooftop landscaping service, like Prime Building & Construction, to help you with the planning of your garden, as well as get their help in implementing those plans to make you dream of having a natural spot in the middle of the city come to life.