Thursday, 29 May 2014


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Space-starved city residents have ingeniously planned every aspect of health living and gardening has been one of them, for lush greenery all around gives a soothing feeling. With the increasing number of town house, smaller terrace homes and people moving into apartments, the planning of courtyard gardens has become a major interest among gardeners.

The focus of terrace gardens can be changed by utilizing pots so that plants can be moved around to create varying vistas depending on their growing seasons and colors.

Make a layout of the garden that you want to make. A good garden should have a proper balance of lawn, shrubs, ground, covers and small trees.Though not a necessity, other features like, a water body, rock garden, gazebo and some artifacts too can be incorporated into the garden.

The selection of plants should be such that they do not have a tap root system. The plants should have a fibrous root system. A plant with a tap root system has the potential of growing through the terrace and endangering the life of the building.The growing medium should be such that it does not add undue weight to the building.Soil rite or peat moss is a very light and excellent growing medium for terrace garden. However because of its cost it is best to prepare a growing medium with a mixture of garden earth, manure and soil rite or peat moss.

After having taken care of the above factors, you are now ready to make a terrace garden on your own.First, spread a layer of brickbats (totally burnt bricks) of approx. 2"- 4" evenly on the terrace.The brickbats are used to facilitate the drainage of water. Only the totally burnt bricks have to be used.  This is because the pieces of normal bricks get reduced to mud after some years and defy the very purpose of facilitating drainage.Corrugated sheets too can be used simultaneously to facilitate better drainage.The corrugated sheets should be placed at 3’ distance and should be placed in such a way so as to lead the water to the drainage holes. 

Spread net lawn (wire mesh) over the bricks. This will prevent the garden earth and manure from getting into the gaps in between the brick bats.If the terrace is quite big (more than 500 sq ft) then construct drainage chambers at various places on the terrace with pipes leading to the main drainage holes. This is done to prevent water from stagnating on the surface of the garden in case of heavy rain. The drainage chambers should be constructed in such a manner that when the final garden is done it will get covered by the lawn which is not noticeable by everyone.

Spread a mixture of earth, manure and soil rite or peat moss to the desired level. Carry out the planting as per your layout. Plants that can be adapted to a wide range of light and moisture conditions that require little care, but provide soil erosion protection include juniper, Pachysandra, Periwinkle, Cotoneaster, Potentilla and Partridge berry.


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