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Fri May 27, 2016Total posts : 1
raj
raj
Join date: Nov 2015
Topic: roof farming

Good Morning to all experts . I am interesting in roof top farming with approx 900 sq feet of roof. please advice how to start.
Sat May 28, 2016Post  #1
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)

Join date: Mar 2008
Dear Raj
         

How to build roof garden

The first and most important step involved in making terrace garden is to identify the area of terrace where you plan to build a roof garden. Make sure that the roof on which you wish to have garden is strong enough to carry the weight of garden. The roof should not have any leakage of water in roof and it should have effective drainage system. Roof garden can be made on half of terrace leaving a patio to make a sitting place.

Water proofing of roof

Next step is water proofing the roof slab to prevent the seepage in the roof. A proper water proofing treatment should be done before building a roof garden. Chemical based water proofing treatment is more effective than covering based water proofing. After water proofing consult a landscaping expert for roof garden contract. Proper drainage pipes should also be laid over the roof slab. Make sure you have installed a water proof covering with the thermoplastic or rubberized sheeting. Filter sheet is also necessary to drain off the moisture form the roof slab.

Soil for roof garden

The top layer of the roof garden is soil it can be a mix of soil and manure. The top layer of roof garden should be light weight and layer can be 6 to 9 inches deep. After laying the soil it s time choose plants and grass for roof garden.

 

Plants for roof garden

Prefer fiber rooted plants instead of deep rooted plants for roof garden otherwise there is danger of the structural damage to the building. Plants with deep roots can be planted in big planters. Various designs of planter can enhance the beauty of roof garden. Before planting the flowers and plants it is necessary to keep in mind that hard plants should be planted in sunny side and plants require less sunlight should be planted in non-sunny side. Vegetables and shrubs can also be grow in roof garden, consult landscaping consultant to know which one is best for your roof garden. Heavy shrubs and vegetables with deep roots can harm building structure. Also prefer plants which have less requirement of water.

Roof garden is possible in a home, multi story building and commercial building terrace also. So, build a roof garden to make roof more inviting and beautiful.

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