If you want to start a garden on your roof in Medford, OR, there are a few steps you should take to make sure your garden is on a safe roof. Whether you want to plant raised beds on your roof or you want a potted garden, it is vital to make sure your roof is inspected, and you have the go-ahead to start your garden from a professional.
1. Get Hadley Roofing to inspect your roof and make sure that it is ready for your rooftop garden. We can tell you if your roof is ready for the extra weight and how much weight it can handle.
2. Look for low weight options when building your rooftop garden. There is lightweight potting soil, fiberglass, and lightweight items for drainage in your garden. These lighter garden items are better for rooftop gardens because they help distribute and minimize weight on your roof.
3. Decreasing the wind that affects your rooftop garden is essential if you want healthy plants. The best way to do this is to use windbreaks that are latticed, so the air is broken up instead of solid windbreaks that can fall off a roof if it is very windy.
4. Watering a large rooftop garden is a challenge sometimes. There are different automatic systems and creative watering systems you can research to make your own and get the most out of not having to lug pails of water up to your garden. You should check your plants every day to make sure they aren’t getting scorched by the hot Oregon sun in the summer months. If your plants get too much sun, try to incorporate a shading system that works well with in high winds and is secure.
It takes work to get a rooftop garden just the way you like it. Make it your own and have fun creating efficient watering and windbreak systems that are specific to your garden. If you have any questions about your roof, feel free to call and have us inspect it to make sure it is going to work well with the wind and water systems, you install for your garden.