How Green Is Your Roof?

We should all think about going green. Bringing plants into our living areas has the dual benefit of creating lovely spaces and helping the environment.

With all the scare stories appearing on the news at regular intervals, we’re all more aware of the need to take care of our environment and the planet we call home. None of us wants the lights to go off, the fuel to run dry or the air to become polluted. Green living may feel like a dream and impossible to achieve if you live in the city, but creating green spaces these days is now possible where it was previously impossible. Creating beauty in our living environments enhances not only our own lives, but the lives of wild creatures that share the space with us. From insects to birds, we all need a suitable habitat in which to thrive.

Shed and Garage Roofs to Green Your Roof

The number of roof spaces throughout a city is phenomenal, yet it’s just wasted space in 99 per cent of cases. Now, thanks to innovations such as plant matting, supplied by companies online, it’s possible to make attractive and natural-looking gardens even on sloping roofs. Simple to install and practically maintenance-free, this clever innovation is beneficial to wildlife, including birds and insects, beneficial to ourselves because it looks beautiful all year round and to the environment because it absorbs carbon dioxide to improve air quality.

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Not just for roofs, any area that’s barren and in need of cheering up is a suitable site. Think about courtyards, the little back yard of traditional terraced houses, patios or gravel pathways and drives.

Anywhere where conventional planting would be hard or impossible can now become a green and ecofriendly garden area.

Potted Plants

You don’t need a garden in order to surround yourself with green, living things. Pots and planters can be made from virtually anything that will hold soil, that you can also pierce to create drainage.

Think creatively and put old wellies to good use by filling them with compost then planting trailing plant seeds, such as lobelia. Old chimney pots, ceramic sinks or even bathtubs also make fantastic planters, giving a quirky, cottage feel to any space that needs brightening up.

Bringing green into bare and boring spaces, either at or above ground level, is easier than ever. Whether you choose to lay plant matting or create a few pots, there’s no need to live a plantless life.

Liz West is a gardening enthusiast whose passion is autumn flowering perennials.

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