Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Small Green Roofs Low-Tech Options for Greener Living -- Book Review

If you have ever contemplated or desired your own green roof, then this book is a required read.  While this book is British, the information is excellent including checking your project out with an engineer or architect.  Don't forget Snow loading!!  The next step is to check out your local by-laws.  The last thing you want, is to find out your green roof prairie garden plants exceed the by-law heights.  I would hate to see the city workers come in and butcher your roof garden.  This was done to a Niagara-on-the-Lake home backyard garden just a few years ago, with not so much as a we are sorry or compensation for the damage to plants and hard materials.
This book gives numerous garden designs from the simple to the complex and they even know what a rain chain is.  So if you want to green roof your tool shed, child's play cottage, potting shed or your carport this book covers it.  After you have read this book, no small roof is safe from your plant's person eye.  Your bicycle shed or that ugly garden shed, consider replacing it with a more practical Green roof potting/garden/pumphouse shed.

Chicago City Hall green roof garden

Chicago City Hall green roof garden
Chicago City Hall green roof garden

Chicago City Hall green roof garden:  Rubeckia

Chicago City Hall green roof garden:  Echinacea


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