If you are thinking about growing a roof garden, you may be wondering how much care is involved or if the care for a roof garden is extensive. Whether you have a traditional garden or a rooftop garden, it will require maintenance and care. However, depending on the types of plants that you have, many types of roof gardens do not require much more care than if it was in your backyard. Here are a few tips on how to care for a rooftop garden.
Your garden will have to be watered. Many people with rooftop gardens collect rainwater as a water source for the plants. The benefit to harvesting rainwater is that it will not raise your water costs and no irrigation systems have to be built. However, if you cannot collect rainwater, or have an alternative water source, you may want to consider an irrigation system to water your garden. The amount of water your plants will need will depend on the species that is planted.
Like any other garden, a roof gardening requires your plants to be weeded at least once a week. Weeds and hog precious sunlight, hoard nutrients or strangle the roots of your plants and kill them. Regular weeding will ensure that all of your plants receive the water and nutrients that they need. It will also keep your garden looking pristine and neat.
Plants in your rooftop garden need to be fertilized regularly. This will give your plants nutrients to grow to their full potential. The amount needed is specific to the kind of plants that are growing in your garden.
Before you build your rooftop garden, you want to be sure that a quality liner is purchased so that water does not seep from the garden into the roof and then into your home. However, even when a high quality lining is purchased, it will have to be replaced every few years. By purchasing a good quality waterproofing lining, this will delay the process of having to dig up the garden and replacing it.
For those who live in cold environments, you may have to do some preparation before the first frost comes in. Finish harvesting remaining fruits and vegetables left on the vines. Bring any container plants indoors that are still producing fruit, or cannot survive the winter in your area. If you use terracotta containers, you are going to want to bring those indoors as well. The changing temperatures can crack and break from the swelling.
The most important part of roof garden care is knowing what your plants need specifically to survive. With this knowledge, you will have a beautiful thriving roof garden.