What is Rooftop Gardening? Benefits of it!
Environmental quality in urban areas is getting worse by the minute. Green spaces are taken out to make way for concrete structures. Without enough verdant areas, cities and towns will have a hard time alleviating the urban heat island phenomenon and reducing air and noise pollution.
The need to control the negative effects of development has pushed new-generation builders, landscape architects, and urban planners to come up with solutions to preserve the optimum quality of the environment. And one option that they recommend is building a rooftop garden or roof garden.
Green roofs offer several ecological, economic and other benefits to the urban environment. These include mitigation of the urban heat island effect, provision of natural habitat for plants and animals, reduction of dust, smog and noise levels, improved storm water management and water quality and reduced energy use. Green roofs also provide owner incentives such as increased life of roofs and enhanced quality of life.
A rooftop garden is a collection of container plants that home gardeners or landscapers keep on the rooftop of a flat building, often an apartment building. Plants can vary from vegetable plants to ornamental shrubs.
Benefits of Rooftop Gardens:
- Roof gardens help to create wonderful memories with friends and family.
- Rooftop gardens contribute to the reduction and filtering of polluted air particles and gases, not only through the plants and the photosynthesis process but also by deposition in the growing space.
- Rooftop gardens could potentially contribute to a decrease in waste, due to helping the materials and technologies used in the building to last longer.
- Green spaces can help people recover from sickness faster.
- Rain is free water and energy we get from the environment, and rooftop gardens are perfect to make the most of it.
- Probably one of the most impressive and important benefits of rooftop gardens is how they positively affect the Urban Heat Island effect.
- With rooftop gardens comes another environmentally friendly and booming initiative – urban agriculture. This involves using green roofs as miniature farms that actually produce fresh food.
- Just imagine being 30 feet high above the ground but still be wrapped in beautiful scenery. That’s exactly what a rooftop garden can offer. Green roofs also complement the city skyline and make vistas all the more amazing.