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Lillian Connors

If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement/DIY projects and spread the word about them. She’s also deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book and sip on an occasional appletini.

When artist Jorge Bakker came up with an idea to fill an aquarium with floats containing model trees, little did he expect his installation to turn into reality. Trying to raise questions regarding the relationship between nature and people living in cities, Bakker surely couldn’t imagine that his concept would be recognized as something that should actually be given an opportunity to thrive in real life through groundbreaking architectural concepts.

Naturally, such recognition could only have come from people who understand, love and respect nature and who had to learn so much about it before making the most of what it gave them. So, if you find yourself in Rotterdam and see floating trees rooted in buoys next to the Floating Pavilion, another landmark in this Dutch city, it doesn’t mean your mind is playing tricks on you. On the contrary, you’ll be treated with one of the most eye-catching and original installations in this part of the world.

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Water Square

Moving towards the modern city center, you might come across a square tucked in between a 19th-century church and a long linear block containing houses, offices, a theater and two schools. This unused and dull space often used to be flooded, since it rains quite a lot in Rotterdam.

Most other places would have solved this problem differently, but not the local city council. A significant investment was made to convert this square into one of the most interesting and vibrant places in Rotterdam. Namely, three pools were created which fill up with water when it rains, and are then used as sports playgrounds and dancefloors. The Water Square is now one of the most popular attractions among both the locals and tourists.

Floating park, hotel,…

Another fascinating idea related to water and its preservation is the emerging Recycled Park, whose purpose is to use recycled plastic to create litter traps for marine litter, thus preventing it from entering the North Sea. The more plastic is retrieved, the bigger the Park will grow. However, the most important impact is, by all means, the protection of water.

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And it is more than obvious that Rotterdam is not going to stop there. The list of projects being currently developed includes a floating subdivision of houses, a floating dairy farm and a floating hotel, deep down in the harbor, at the Innovation Dock.

Water management

Now, you might wonder how come the citizens of Rotterdam are so keen to manage water so carefully. The answer is pretty simple, actually. With almost two-thirds of their country below the sea level and their own town situated around six meters below the sea level, it’s clear that local authorities have to make the most of the advantages that water provides.

As we have seen, they often have to come up with innovative solutions, such as those for emergency storage during heavy downpours and systems for a delayed discharge of rainwater, which ensures that the city has enough high-quality water even during the driest spells.

That’s why the water storage is omnipresent in Rotterdam, with green roofs doing their part in creating a healthy, sustainable environment. They absorb rainwater, lower the runoff, which in turn leads to less pressure on the sewage system.

For almost a decade now, the City of Rotterdam has been running a subsidy scheme for supporting the installation of green roofs on private residential buildings, so more and more people are using this opportunity to improve their living conditions, help the environment and lower the installation costs.

It’s pretty obvious that Rotterdam has not only turned its potentially most dangerous enemy as a means of improving the quality of life of its citizens but has also made it a tourist attraction. It’s widely accepted that Rotterdam’s example is one of the best in terms of collaboration among key stakeholders and experts. Many have been calling it the “water city of the future” for quite some time now, and rightfully so. The way this city uses water should also help us all in our struggle to deal with the climate changes and the consequences they bring.

After winning the IHP (Internationaler Hochhaus Preis) Award in 2014, the residential highrise Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri was proclaimed the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” by the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The decision was the culmination of a year-long juried selection process, considering more than 120 buildings from more than 30 countries. The members of the jury especially applauded the Vertical Forest for bringing more than 900 trees and over 2000 plants to the Milan skyline, as well as the exceptional implementation of vegetation at such a scale.

The Urban Ecosystem

Bosco Verticale is a pair of sustainable residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan. The two constructions stand at 360 feet (110 meters) and 250 feet (76 meters) respectfully and host an astonishing range of floral plants and shrubs. Namely, each tower equals an area of around 7000 square meters of forest. According to Boeri’s official website, the Vertical Forest’s vegetation system absorbs dust particles and CO2, produces humidity, oxygen, and aids in the construction of a microclimate.

The US Environmental Protection Agency defines a sustainable building as the “practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction.” To truly understand the benefits and the effectiveness of the Vertical Forest, let’s take a closer look of the history of sustainable architecture.

A Short History of Sustainable Buildings

The roots of green architecture could be traced back to the 12th century, when Khmer King Suryavarman II built the Cambodian temple complex Angkor Wat. It featured a rainwater irrigation system that collected water during the monsoon season, allowing workers to grow rice during the drier months. Furthermore, according to the Federal Commitment to Green Buildings report, in the early 20th century, several skyscrapers, such as the New York Times Building in New York and the Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago, used deep-set windows to control the interior temperature and lessen the buildings’ impact on the environment.

However, the modern sustainable industry evolved in the mid to late 80s, when significant oil usage spurred radical studies to increase energy efficiency and discover some new, renewable energy sources. The concerns surrounding the oil industry, combined with the environmental movement of the 70s, led to the earliest achievements in the field of sustainable architecture. A few early milestones include the formation of the Committee on the Environment in 1989, the introduction of BREEAM standard in Britain in 1990 and the founding of the Green Building Council in 1993.

The BioMilano Project

Italy is one of the most polluted countries in Europe. In fact, the country had more than 84.000 pollution-related deaths in 2012, according to the EEA (European Environment Agency). The situation in Milan is not any better. As the BBC reported , in December 2015, the city even banned all motorized vehicles for six hours a day over the course of three days to reduce the smog levels. Only the cars deemed environmentally friendly were exempt from the ban.

The Bosco Verticale not only provides dramatic energy-savings year-round, but also contributes to the regeneration of the environment without the implication of expanding the city. Still, the two towers are just the first step in a grand sustainability plan. According to Stefano Boeri’s personal website, the award-winning architect also hopes to build an agricultural greenbelt around the city eventually, utilizing over sixty publicly owned and currently abandoned farms, which will be worked on and opened to the community sometime in the future. With such safety measures, the air quality in Milan may start to improve rapidly.

Ask any gardener or homeowner who keeps to their garden about their least favorite gardening chore, and the answer will mostly be – weeding. There is a whole industry of herbicides that offer only short-term solutions. Once the effect subsides, weeds keep growing back again and again. What remains is hand weeding, as a safe and environmentally friendly alternative. These tips and tricks will show you how to weed easier and stop weeds from coming back.

Give it an early start

Weeding early in spring has multiple benefits. To start with, weeds are smaller and have weaker roots, making them easier to pull out. Also, the soil is wet, which makes it even easier. Removing weeds with root is important because certain species spread by rhizomes or tubers, instead by seeds. If you remove the weeds early, your plants will develop leaves that will shade the soil, making it difficult for weeds to grow back again.

Cut deep

When the soil dries out, pulling the weeds out complete with the root is near to impossible. Your best ally is a hawkbill linoleum or carpet knife. The hooked tip cuts deep in a single pulling motion, making the whole chore faster. In addition, linoleum knife is perfect for removing grass when you need to create a planting bed. If you don’t have time for full-scale weeding, you can at least prevent them from spreading by plucking the weed flower heads.

Choke the weed

Spreading 3 to 4 inches of mulch will smother all weeds, with no need for manual plucking or cutting. Make your own mulch by collecting wood chips, straw, leaves, pine needles or compost. Find out what mulch works best in neutralizing the pH in your soil. You don’t want to end up with alkaline or acidic garden because of the wrong mulch type. If you spread the mulch in autumn, the next year will be weed-free.

Weed harvest

If you have an acute weed infestation, the only way to deal with them is to clip them all. The key is having the right weeding tools that make clipping the leafy part of the plant easy. Repeated clipping doesn’t disturb the soil, but it depletes the weeds’ energy and causes them to whither. You can use a hoe, shears, a hand scythe or a specialized weeding tool.

No weed, no cry

Another green technique that is effective in fighting weeds is to leave them almost no space to grow. Plant the ground cover plants like rye, buckwheat or clover twice as close, and Uncle Weed soon won’t have enough place to hang his own hat. In addition, these plants will attract pollinating insects and restore valuable nutrients into the soil, helping you protect your organic garden.

Dark times

Weeds are plant like any other, and they need sunlight to survive. That means they can be killed by denying them their sunlight. Sheets of wet newspaper, packing cardboards, old carpets or drapes are all equally effective. You can mask the light-blocking mat with mulch, so it doesn’t mar your garden appearance.

Having a swimming area on your property is a major boon during hot summer months, especially if your poolside also sports beautiful adjacent foliage for much-needed shade and natural look. But greenery can cost you more than it is worth if not selected carefully: with certain plant types, you are in for blocked filters and tons of dry leaves floating around the pool, which can completely ruin your fun, up pool maintenance costs and force you to spend more time cleaning the leafy mess than enjoying a refreshing dip. That is why choosing the right poolside plants is extremely important for both your pleasure and family budget – and here are some practical tips on how to select the best low-maintenance greenery for your private swimming area.

Poolside plant basics: Dos and don’ts

If you are concerned that chlorinated water may harm your poolside foliage in case of accidental splashes, rest easy: most plants will suffer no damage through contact with pool water and can even be watered with it without a problem. Debris, however, is a force to be reckoned with: to prevent leaves getting into the water, plant low-growth shrubbery at least 6-8 feet away from the pool edge. Also, avoid deciduous trees or else you will spend autumn months straining foliage out of the pool.

Pool garden types: To pot or not to pot

Since pools are normally located in areas of bright sun and their use entails quite a bit of splashing, you should avoid plant species that require extremely dry air or a cool shade to thrive. You can add foliage to your poolside either by planting flora directly into the ground or by using potted plants. Whatever plant species you opt for, remember that large leafy litter is easier to pick up than obnoxious tiny leaves that can easily get anywhere, including the water filter.

  • Dig in: Planting around the pool

For a low-maintenance garden and a tropical poolside look, pick small palms, cycads, or cacti species. Succulent plants such as aloe, yucca and agave love both sun and water and they will not be bothered by extreme heats. Other low-litter poolside plants include cascalote, ironwood, red gum and mastic tree, fruitless olive and Mediterranean fan palm, while low-profile shrubs that can thrive by a pool include Indian mallow, buddleia, mountain laurel, dalea and Arizona rosewood.

  • Potted beauty: Plants for poolside containers

For hassle-free maintenance and appealing look, use large containers or pots to accommodate your poolside garden. In addition to allowing you to relocate the garden if necessary, planters decked with saucers provide relatively good plant protection from heat rising from the tiles and increased light reflection from the water. Plants that love to dwell in poolside pots are desert broom, creeping jenny, lantana, blue euphorbia, germander, penstemon, verbena and tufted evening primrose.

Poolside plant maintenance: Be a good garden keeper

Compared to standard garden plants, poolside foliage needs a little bit more care to survive and stay healthy and lush. Poolside shrubbery will require additional irrigation since both the garden beds and the planters in the swimming area tend to dry quickly because of high heat. If used in pots, each specimen should be allowed ample room for optimal air circulation, and you can also use efficient gardening tools to transplant the plants when the pots become too tight for its growing roots.

Do not let your poolside be a drab blend of tiles, water and concrete: by planting shrubs next to the outdoor bathing area, you will increase your property’s value, add visual interest to the backyard and create a lovely ambiance for your family’s summertime poolside lounging sessions.

Regardless of how many closets or boxes you have, regardless if you have a storage unit or not and regardless of the size of the home you live in, you never seem to have enough space. This is something that bothers many people out there but this raises a question that has a simple answer. It is not about the space you have, it is how you use it and it is not about the room, it is about organization.

Sometimes, a thorough cleanup is a solution, but sometimes you simply cannot throw something away for sentimental reasons or for hope that you will use it again. By organizing yourself properly and by utilizing your home, you can ensure that you always have a spot to lay down your favorite things that you unfortunately no longer use.

Using the top shelf

Convenience is mother of laziness and laziness creates problems. Top shelves are a great addition for your home and their storing value is great indeed, however some people still find them inconvenient. Everything is about perception actually, it is easiest for us to store things in places we can easily reach and to most people and top shelves seem too high up. If this is also true in your case just add a step stools to the mix. Apart from being extremely practical, top shelves can also be a great aesthetic addition to your bedroom.

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Reversing the space

This idea is almost as innovative as it is daring. Just think about it: how much room do you actually need for your office? The answer to this question is simple as well, your office are your computer and your mobile device since this is where most of your business takes place. Why not create an office in your closet and free the space in your room. In this manner, you can successfully utilize your living space and have enough room for everything.

Space bags to the rescue

There are some things that you hope to use again but you do not need right now. In this case, it would be best to vacuum-seal them in a space bag. This way, you will not only preserve them for when you need them again but also save a lot of room storing-wise. By packing them like this, you will be able to store them anywhere you want since they will require only a portion of space that they usually take.

Under the bed

In order to solve your storage problems, no solution should be off limits. You need to utilize every bit of space that you have in your home and this means even the places you never thought of before. For example, items in the aforementioned vacuum bags can easily be stored under the bed. The same goes for bags or even some accessories with wheels like rolling carts.

Organizing, organizing, organizing

As we already mentioned at the beginning, it is not about what you have but how you use it. There is a great probability that you already have enough storage space but don’t know how to use it most efficiently. Investing in some hangers, adding wall hooks on an empty spaces and corralling items according to a pattern are just some of the tips for organizing your closet. It is always better to have an unlimited imagination than to have an unlimited space.

If it seems as if you cannot fit everything into a box, it is perhaps time to start thinking out of it. The possibilities are endless, all you have to do is find them. This way, you will not only solve your storage space problems but also have some fun along the way. A world is your oyster so let your closet become your playground, a place where you can express your creativity and ingenuity.

Regardless of what you do, finances are always the issue. There is nothing unusual in your desire to save some money, but sometimes this is not the most recommendable course of action. When you are buying a home, chances are good that this purchase you will have to do only once in your lifetime. Trying to save money here can cause some serious problems in the future. One of the ways not to spend as much is to go bargain-hunting on your own, without a professional help and this can sometimes be equal to walking into a trap.

Avoid lowballing

First of all, every property has its price. It can be easily assessed how much some property or the building is worth but keep in mind that real-estate agents are also there for a profit. Lowballing the price cuts their profit and that is something they won’t look kindly upon. There are also some common lowballing mistakes that buyers are making and that you should be aware of like not understanding the market or not backing up your price.

Although you should always think of your budget first, try to put yourself in the shoes of people in the real-estate business. Acknowledge the risk they took and their own financial interests. This should help you see just how far you can go in your aspirations to lower the price of the property.

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Keep up with the competition

Even though there are a lot of people out there who go bargain-hunting on their own, a lot of home buyers prefer to get a professional help. Let’s face it, there are many advantages that a good real-estate agent brings at the table. Just keep in mind that someone who trades in homes for living knows all the tricks of the trade and is not a force to be reckoned with. This means that once you find a truly great deal, you need to act fast in order for it not to be snatched in front of you.

Too good to be true?

If some offer sounds too good to be true it usually is. True bargains are a rare commodity and some homes might come at a great price but require a lot of work. Every once in a while it happens that this additional work makes a purchase not worth even at a significantly lower price. The most important thing, not just of bargain-hunting but of property purchase in general, is to recognize a money pit when you see one. Sometimes, you need to pay more in order to save a substantial amount in the future.

On the other hand, sometimes with just a bit of work you can increase the price of your property many times over. Because of this, it is often a great idea to hire a contractor as a consultant or just ask for an advice before you purchase a home. Do you mathematics right and you should be on the right path already.

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Price alone is meaningless

Although price is an important factor in home purchasing, it should never be a determining one. First of all, you need to have a clear vision of what you want in a home. Buying a home that doesn’t suit your needs only because it is affordable is never a good idea. Remember, this is a purchase that takes place once in a lifetime so treat it as such.

One thing is certain, when buying a home on your own you can never be too careful. This journey is a perilous one even with all the help and you have just decided to take it alone. However, this does not mean that you are automatically doomed to failure. Watch your every step, measure your every action and, if the need arises, do not be afraid to ask for help.

Painting your home is one of the most important things for the general impression that it is going to create. It is exactly for this reason that most people decide to hire professionals to do it. Although the proper painting equipment is not that expensive to buy and acquire, painting itself is far from easy. Still, this does not mean that it is something that you couldn’t do properly on your own. Just follow these few tips and tricks and you will in no time be able to paint your home like a pro.

 

Protect the surfaces in the room

Before you start with the very process of painting, it is vital that you first prepare the room properly. Try to remove from the room anything that can be moved with ease, and as for the rest try to find a way to cover it. Cover your furniture, sometimes even parts of your floor with something old, something you wouldn’t miss too much if it was ruined. Another great idea is to try and cover it with some outdated newspapers. Although some professionals pride themselves in never staining this is mostly just plain boasting. Better be safe than sorry.

 

Getting the right equipment

Now, before you start on your quest to transform your with the use of colors, you need to acquire the right tools for the trade. First of all you will need some things for preparation, or the first stage of your painting process, such as spackle and spatula, some soap and water solution and painter’s tape. Next you need some painting equipment like paint brush, roller and paint tray. After you have all of this covered it is time to start worrying about the paint itself.

 

The choice of paint

First thing that you must have in mind here is the fact that painting is not something you do that often. Your walls require painting at most once every few to several years so when you do decide to do this, do it properly. However the key to this is finding the right interior paint. Color is also crucial here since it is known that different nuances can effect human psyche in different ways. Just remember if you don’t like the color, or later find that that particular paint won’t stick, you will be the one who will suffer for it. A bit of negligence here can cause you some serious problems for you in the future.

 

Be careful about the dipping

Dipping your roller into the paint is a skill on its own. Throwing it inside the tray all the way, every time is not a way to go, and can cause your paint to seem unequal or cause it to drip all over. Try inserting just the tip of your roller and then rotate it with you finger in order for it to properly soak up the paint. For those who do not have enough confidence to try this on their own, getting a specially designed roller called the paintstick might be just the thing you need.

 

The right direction

In the end, it is essential that when you start applying paint, you do so top to bottom. Gravitation forces paint to slide down the walls, so if you start form the bottom the paint will just pile at the base. On the other hand if you start from top and roll down towards the floor you can turn this situation to your own advantage and this is why this kind of painting motion is the only proper one.

Not everything is about money. It is true that for the right fee a professional can paint your home in a matter of hours. However, just the knowledge that you did something with your own two hands can often be enough for people to make up their mind for a DIY painting project. The choice is all yours but if in the end you do decide to paint on your own, make sure that you do this by the book and do both yourself and your walls a gigantic favor.

Sun is again high in the sky, days are getting warmer and we all know what that means. Yes, the seasons of vacations is upon us, but it also means that we should give our houses well-deserved and thorough cleaning and cleansing of all the unnecessary clutter. Unfortunately, this most of the time, includes tons of litter and heavy usage of harmful chemicals, but you should be smarter than the rest and try to make your house cleaning as green as possible. There are numerous ways for that and here we will present some of them.

Ditch Chemical Air-Fresheners

No matter how small contribution of chemical air-fresheners in the overall environmental impact may seem, it presents danger. So, in order to minimize toxic waste footprint, swap your regular air-fresheners for more environmentally-friendly alternatives. Try using natural solutions like baking soda, or some home-made replacements based on essential oils.

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Tackle the Problem of Paper with Grace

We all like to stockpile endless amounts of paper and old magazines hoping that they will prove useful sometimes in the future. The truth is they never do and we end up throwing all that paper to waste. To reduce waste footprint, send all that paper to recycling instead. Also, try to go paperless whenever you can. Online bills and magazines are good place to start.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Most chemicals we use in cleaning are efficient but not very environmentally-friendly. All that chemicals can be responsible for eye irritation, respiratory problems, headaches and even infertility. So save some money, be green and make them by yourself. You’ll be surprised to learn that cleaning supplies made out of, say, vinegar and lemon juice can be very efficient means in fighting filth.

Deal with Laundry in More Eco-Friendly Fashion

Did you know that each laundry takes up to 150 liters of water and about 5 kilowatts of energy per hour? That’s quite heavy toll. Try washing your laundry severely soiled or on the cold cycle and dry it outdoors. Put your dryer to use only when it’s absolutely necessary. Separating loads of laundry according to their color or material will not only preserve their look but the energy as well. In addition, do check out other earth-friendly solutions for washing your clothes.

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Minimize Electricity Leaks

Even in the sleep mode your computer, TV and various appliances will consume energy that, in the long run, can amount to some pretty high numbers. Turn them off when you are vacuuming, as there is no real reason for them to work at this time. Switch your inefficient light bulbs for fluorescent ones that will save you two thirds of energy.

Mind Your Water Consumption

Your house cleaning will obviously demand heavy usage of water but you don’t have to be irresponsible and waste it around. Buy toilet dam to save up to 20% and low-flow showerheads to save more than 50% of water wastes. And don’t forget to turn the water off whenever you are not immediately using it.

Reuse, Repurpose, Upcycle

Not everything has to go to waste and something can find new purpose in your cleaning endeavor. Use old T-shirts to clean the toilet, textile rags while dusting around and turn your old stuff into new furniture, for example. Everything that doesn’t have a place in your plan should be recycled or given to charity.

If you followed these advices your house should be clean and your conscience green. Deservedly so, you have done a great thing for Mother Nature. And now when you are done, you can enjoy your refreshed home and set your mind to that vacation we mentioned before.

Having a little garden you can call your own is an amazing idea, you must admit. Unfortunately, no matter how much we enjoy gardening, our creativity and wishes are usually limited by little space. But that doesn’t mean you should simply give up on your dreams. If you have always wanted to have a gorgeous garden, you just need to be willing enough to find proper place for it. One of the most amazing ways to do that is to design your own rooftop garden.

Rooftop gardens are a functional and creative solution for every urban dweller. Thanks to them, you won’t have to waste your already little private space, and at the same time, you will achieve a real, vibrant outdoor surroundings. Apart from being space-savers, these gardens also provide the entire building with additional insulation, absorb rain and contribute to aesthetical value by filling usually empty and unnoticed roofs. Creating a rooftop garden is simpler that it seems. However, before you embark on such endeavor, you need to get informed about everything you’re supposed to do. Here are some things you should keep in mind.

Mind gardening laws and ordinances

Before you start designing your rooftop garden, you should get informed about your local gardening laws and ordinances.  Believe it or not, some gardening regulations simply forbid rooftop gardens or require special conditions for their creation. For example, there are some ordinances considering special watering requirements, the height of your fence, the length of grass, and so on. Therefore, before you spend both your time and money, you need to make sure whether you’re allowed to set up a garden on your building’s roof.

Hire an architect

Before you create your rooftop garden, you need to check whether your building is designed to withstand the additional weight or not. For instance, many buildings aren’t safe for adding rooftop gardens, while the other ones might bear only limited weight. That’s why you need to hire an architect who will do all the researches necessary and inform you about the weight your building can take.

Use as little weight as possible

Even if your building can withstand the additional weight, you are supposed to use as little weight as possible. For example, instead of paving the area, you could simply look for amazing container gardening tips. Plastic, fiberglass or foam planting containers are easy to maintain, and most importantly, they’re really light. You could also consider using lightweight soilless potting mix instead of ordinary garden dirt.

Install windbreaks

When creating a rooftop garden, you shouldn’t forget about installing a windbreak for such places are usually very windy. That’s why you need to protect your plants by installing a windbreak. There are numerous amazing ways to do that, but most effective one is installing the windbreaks that slow down the wind circulation, rater that completely stopping it. Another amazing solution for a windswept area is growing wind-tolerant and low-maintenance plants that can survive harsh rooftop conditions, during both summer and winter.

Water your garden properly

You should also take the watering of your roof garden into consideration. Firstly, you need to learn how to water plants in containers properly. Secondly, you need to decide how you’re going to do that. If you want to maintain your plants with ease, without carrying extremely heavy buckets and bottles every time you need to water your garden, you should definitely consider having an automatic water system added.

Eventually, creating a gorgeous rooftop garden is pretty simple if you are willing enough to make such idea come true. All you have to do is to get informed ahead of time, come up with numerous possible solutions and get started. Unleash the inner enthusiast in yourself and begin the trip to the world of amazing rooftop gardening ideas. Enjoy!