Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Hannah Thomas. Her opinions are her own.
A rooftop garden isn’t anything new in big cities. For decades, people have been searching for ways to bring in a dash of nature into cold and concrete buildings and make a little piece of heaven for themselves. A garden on a rooftop allows just that – a small private space in the greenery with a wonderful view of the city.
Even if you live in a house or don’t have the possibility to have a garden on the rooftop of your building, maybe there is a chance of you having one at work. Before you dismiss this idea, consider just how many benefits your business would get from this.
First, a rooftop garden can help you keep the heat in during cold months of the year and reduce your heating bills significantly. And during the summer months, a garden keeps your workplace cool and pleasant to be in. This natural insulation also reduces noise pollution, which greatly helps with everyday work.
Next, these high-positioned gardens often provide privacy for you or your employees. They are an excellent solution for an unused space without a purpose and they provide you with a beautiful scenery with a good sun exposure most of the day.
Another great thing about them is that they are environmentally friendly and can help you develop a biodiverse area for everybody to enjoy. And last but not least – depending on a type of the garden, they are more or less easy to install.
Depending on what you want to achieve with the garden and how demanding you want it to be, here are your choices:
Extensive / Sedum green roofs – this type is really low-maintenance but still highly environmentally friendly. They are also really easy to install. Only one thing – they serve more decorative purposes that they actually serve as a real “garden”.
Semi-intensive green roofs – if appearances are important for your business, this is a good choice. You can also grow shrubs and other types of plants. However, this type demands some devotion if you want it to look really impressive.
Intensive green roofs – obviously, this type demands some serious landscaping because it’s supposed to be a complete and stunning garden. The good side is that your staff will definitely have a beautiful place to relax.
Biodiverse roofing – in environmental terms, this type is the best option. It usually uses recycled materials to create a habitat for diverse species, such as bees and butterflies. Although this type isn’t as visually attractive as others, it gives a clear and strong statement about you and your business and sends a message that you are highly devoted to sustainability at the workplace.
No matter which type of garden you would like to have, there are still some factors you need to consider before you actually start creating a garden.
Once the actual work starts, here’s what you’ll need to do and to decide on:
Maybe it seems like a considerable work and time to invest at first, but once when the installation is over, all that remains is a regular maintenance. When you sit in your garden during a coffee or lunch break and enjoy the peace, quiet and natural beauty, you will know that it’s all worth. You will know that this rooftop garden of yours will benefit both your and your employee’s mental state and your business.
Hannah Thomas is an expert in business innovation and management with a love for writing, currently cooperating with Sydney based garden designers. Always eager to learn new things and to share the knowledge she acquired along the way.
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