Changing an Empty Rooftop to a Pleasant and Shady Garden
In general, people who live in a commercial building or a town home rarely have enough space around their house for a garden. That is why most of them turn the rooftop into a beautiful shady garden, suitable for relaxation and cooling down the house. But if you are not careful when planning a garden, many problems may follow. It is best to consider the following before getting started.
1. The Building Structure: For safety, it is necessary to check if the structure of the house is solid enough to bear the weight of the garden. A commercial building or a town house nowadays can generally take at least 200 kg/sq.m. But for a building that is over 30 years old, it may not be able to bear as much weight. If you are not certain about the structure, avoid having large trees and large decorative ponds. Having small trees in containers and a small decorative pond is safer.
2. Water System: To water your plants easily, you should have a plumber install a faucet on the rooftop. Also, do not forget to install drains on the rooftop and avoid placing a container or decorative stuff on top of the cover. Always keep the drains clean because if they become clogged up, the rainwater may flow to other parts/floors in the house.
3. Seepage and Moisture: To prevent seepage on the rooftop, always fix any broken or cracked part and apply roof seal on it. Plus, if you often water your plants, the rooftop may become so wet that it causes fungi on the wall and that the colour on the wall peels off. Apply moisture guard and avoid putting your plants too close to the wall.
4. Safety: The rooftop is in an open space completely exposed to rain and sunlight. If you install a plug or a switch, make sure that it is away from the rain splash and that it is well covered. As for the cable, make sure it is durable enough for outdoor use. Install a circuit breaker for safety in case of electrical short.
The position of your plants is not any less important. You should put your plants on the edge of the rooftop to prevent any accidents that they may cause, i.e. a tree container falling from the rooftop to the people down there.
5. Types of Trees: As stated above that the rooftop is entirely exposed to all kinds of weather condition, avoid having enormous plants with large leaves and thick bushes because they will resist the wind and then break easily. The plants that are suitable for a rooftop garden include Reed Rhapis, Golden Cane Palm, Water Jasmine, Orange Jessamine, Snake Plant, Devil's Ivy, Spanish Moss, etc.
Golden Cane Palm Bromeliads
Now, you can easily have a rooftop garden for relaxation and spend your time of happiness in it without any problems.