Most garden houses always look the same on the roof: roofing felt or an aluminum sheet seem to be the first choice. Show your green thumb with a planted green roof.Green roofs are good for the environmentA garden house is really something beautiful. Depending on which model you have chosen, you can store your garden tools in it or even live in it. Finally, garden sheds can also be converted into small apartments. Children especially love it when they can sleep with their friends here in summer. So they are not far from home, but still in their own realm.
Garden houses are so much more today than just storage sheds. A lot can be made of it where. Especially on the outside. For example, you can paint the garden shed or transplant flowers. You can even green the roof of the garden shed. It looks really nice and is a real eye-catcher. Among other things, you also create a habitat for plants and animals. The roof of a garden house does not have to look dreary. With a few simple steps you can conjure up a small green oasis.
Types of green roofs
Experts differentiate between two different types of green roofs. The extensive and intensive green roof.
Extensive green roof:
With the extensive green roof, a layer of approximately 10 centimeters high plants is created, which is very close to nature. To achieve this, mosses, herbs and grasses are usually planted on the roof. Even low shrubs like houseleek and stonecrop can find their place here. The Fachverband Bauwerksbreenung E.V. shows exactly which plants are suitable. (FBB) on the website www.fbb.de. You can also find a list of suitable plants on www.dachbegruenung-ratgeber.de.
Intensive green roof:
In contrast, the intensive roof greening places perennials, small shrubs, trees and grasses on the roof. This type of green roof then usually has a height of approx. 20 to 40 centimeters. As you can imagine, the extensive roof greening is much easier to maintain compared to the intensive one because you can simply let the plants grow. With the intensive variant, however, you have to prune the perennials, shrubs and trees.
Regardless of which variant you choose: the green roof always works best on a garden house with a flat roof. This refers to garden sheds such as the models "Miami", "Ibiza" and "Rhodos", which I saw on the website www.steda-online.de. This is the best place to move around and not to slip away.
How to green a garden shed roof
1First of all you have to clean the roof and then lay out a protective fleece and a PE root protection film so that the roof cannot be attacked by the roots. Then lay out protective fleece again. The webs should ideally overlap by approx. 10 centimeters. Then cut the drainage openings freely.
2Now you have to lay out a drainage layer made of mats. This is important, because this is the only way you do not have to irrigate the garden shed later. These mats should also overlap slightly on the sides. Also don't forget to cut the roof drain freely.
3A layer of filter fleece must then follow. This ensures the nutrient balance and also provides more hold. Again, make sure that the webs overlap.
4Now you can already spread the substrate on the garden roof. This layer should be about 8 inches high. You can then plant plants, sprinkle sprouts or sow seeds. Exactly how you want it. Finally, water everything well.
5Now only the right care is important. For the first four weeks, you should water the garden roof about four times a week so that the plants and seeds grow well. Otherwise, you only need to weed once or twice a year. You also need to clear the earth of birch or willow seeds.