5 Tips for terrace gardening

Are you sick and tired of the dull look of your terrace? Do you desire to make your terrace a private sanctuary for relaxation after a hectic day? Well, terrace gardening is an option that may appeal to you. Terrace gardening gives you the exceptional opportunity to get closer to the nature and that too without much efforts. As you take care of your indoor plants, you also get the chance to rejuvenate yourself. In addition, terrace gardens also provide temperature control, habitat for wildlife, food and recreational opportunities.

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1) Before starting, it is vital to till, weed and eliminate all sorts of pests. Assure that your roof is strong enough to handle the weight of the garden. Check whether there is an efficient drainage system or not and finally make sure that there are no sorts of water leaks.

2) You need to select the kinds of plants you desire to incorporate in your garden. Fiber rooted plants should be proffered over the tap rooted plants as the tap rooted plants may grow into the structure and harm the building.

3) After that you need to select the soil type for the foundation of your garden. Select a type which does not exert too much of pressure on the building. Soil rite and peat moss are the ideal options. Since, these are little expensive, you can mix it with garden earth and manure.

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4) Drainage system needs to be arranged efficiently. Waterproof your terrace by laying down burnt bricks and just not brown bricks because they would gradually turn into mud and collapse the drainage system. Alternatively, you could also place corrugated sheets that need to be placed at a distance of three inches so that the water flows smoothly into the drain. On the top of the bricks, lay a net lawn in order to prevent the soil to get inside the bricks.

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5) Once the setting is ready, you can plant trees and flowers in your terrace garden. You may choose flowering or non flowering plants. If there is limited sunlight then non flowering plants such as croton, cane bamboo, drycena, defenbacia, chlorophytum, phycus, money plants and other varieties of cactus would be the ideal selection. You can also go for bonsai plants as they look good and even occupy less space.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on November 18, 2010

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