Green roof with a sustainable garden adds environmental comfort to the house, see!

Instead of using traditional roofs, the roof of this house is green (with vegetation). The great advantage of the green roof is that it adds thermal comfort, well-being, pleasant appearance, in addition to absorbing rainwater. The architect Angela Bohrer and this blogger who writes you have designed these green roofs for the house. On the concrete slab, a garden was created where spices, fruit, and native plants are cultivated that attract hummingbirds. Space was transformed into a green area that, if paved, would be arid and lifeless.

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The garden was planned during the house design stage. This was essential for the final weight, when the shrubs were already grown, to be foreseen in the structural design. The waterproofing of the concrete slab, the trim, and the draining of the terraces are fundamental for the success of the suspended garden. The grass, the perfumes, and the spices created a cozy atmosphere for the house.

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In the sequence of photos below we have the step by step of the execution of the garden: the placement of the bidim on the gravel, the substrate and the ready garden, some months after implanted. All of this work was possible thanks to the projects of engineers and architects and their technical support. The team of professionals formed by Architect Angela Bohrer, the team of engineers from Appel Engenharia, captained by eng. Paulo Appel, structural engineer Claudia Kusiack planned and executed the residence with the green roof. The green roof was planned and executed by eng. agronomist Helena Schanzer and, before the house was completed, the gardens were ready. The planting team was Eng. Agricola Egon Zoar.

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The photo terrace is 3 meters above the ground and is over the garage of the house. On the green roof, the product used as “soil” was made with organic compost and eucalyptus bark. This organic compound, also called organic fertilizer, results from the treatment of organic waste from the cellulose manufacturing process. This substrate guarantees perfect drainage, density, and permeability for the garden to function, as it retains water in the right measure for the vegetation and is not soaked. The green roof system creates a “sponge” for the absorption of rainwater and rainwater, which is collected for a system to be reused for irrigation.

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Home garden with green roof – Photo: Helena Schanzer

Home garden with green roof

Apartment terrace turns into garden with creative solutions

The design and execution of a garden with creative solutions have transformed an apartment terrace into a pleasant leisure and rest area. The owner was looking for a place where she arrived from work, could relax, have contact with nature and plants. The agronomist who writes this blog created the green area. Today, she has a  garden made of pots of different sizes. In this space, trees such as pitangueira and lemon trees are cultivated, as well as jasmine, lavender, arugula, strawberries, and spices.

Garden terrace, whirlpool.  Ecotelhado © on the tiles

The architect Regina Albuquerque e Souza designed the apartment and the external area. He created a corner with hydromassage where you can contemplate the stars. I planned the vegetation, the pots, and the substrates to set the terrace. And the client gave her personal touch with the choice of materials, colors, styles, and decorative objects. Lighting with Led lamps was essential to give the touch and use the area at night. On the roof of the room, “ Ecotelhado © ” was placed to humanize the environment and improve thermal and visual comfort.

Discover the garden of a penthouse apartment with gourmet balcony

The apartment roof garden with a gourmet balcony has several utilitarian species planted. Various spices, vegetables, and fruit are at the disposal of the chef cooking. Fruit trees such as bergamoteira, lemon, lychee, orange from japan, and climbing plants such as vine and jasmine were planted in pots on the balconies and on the roof of the apartment. The vegetation recently planted this month frames the view of the city ​​of Porto Alegre. In the spring the garden will be lush, with the plants already more developed.

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The architects Anne Bryk and Bibiana Fiterman Costa made the architectural design of the interior of the apartment and the roof leaving all very versatile, cozy, and charming. The architects designed and executed the wooden deck with the swimming pool, whose design includes a sofa and steps that you can sit on. After installing the deck, the architects and the client contacted me to create the garden. Then, after visiting the florist with the client, preparing the landscaping project, and meeting with the client, the garden was planted in 1 day. The team that carried out the planting was agricultural engineer Egon Zounar. The corner of the living room was surrounded by vegetation in pots and flower boxes. With plants of ornamental species such as Bird of Paradise, mandevila, clusia, yellow prawns, cycads, and geraniums space was created to receive friends and take a bath in the pool. Want to know how to plant? see here the step by step to plant a pot with lemon and spices.

overview of the roof garden landscaping

The vases are plastic, durable, light and beautiful . They were chosen in brown to match the wooden deck.

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The architects created a vertical garden with a wooden panel and incorporated the doghouse . The doghouse has a green roof with spices, see photos below. In the gourmet garden we have pepper, thyme, mint, sage, chives, tomatoes, basil, oregano, marjoram, lemongrass and melissa.


A piece of helpful equipment for Gardening.

Garden Technology Overview

Even a small plot of land requires care. Cutting the grass, processing the trees, preparing the land for planting – all this takes precious time. And so it turns out that in the country we work more than relax. Yes, in the end, the plot looks great, but we don’t have time to enjoy it – there are still so many things to do when they finally take up …

Gardening equipment can simplify maintenance work on the garden and the garden, and as a result, save time. Your site will look just as wonderful, but at the same time you will have free minutes in which you can sit in the gazebo, have tea, swim in the pool or go to the river, lie in a hammock and much more. Gardening equipment can become a faithful assistant for any gardener.

What exactly are the aggregates of the term “gardening equipment”?

Today, in the days of the development of technological progress, technology has penetrated into all spheres of human activity. Caring for the garden is no exception. Over the past 20 years, a lot of different devices for working on a personal plot have appeared on the Russian market. Consider the main ones – those that are recommended for each gardener.

Cultivators. Perhaps, let’s start with them, since soil-related work is labor-intensive. In most cases, cultivators are simple and lightweight (no more than 50 kg) gardening machines designed for creating beds, cultivating and cultivating. Also on the market are manual mini-cultivators that allow earthworks in greenhouses and greenhouses with limited space.

Distinguish cultivatorsgasoline and electric . Each species has its advantages and disadvantages. Electrical are more economical and environmentally friendly, but are characterized by the presence of wire and the insecurity of electric current. Gasoline cultivators are somewhat more complicated than electric ones, for them you need to buy oil and gasoline, but they are not tied to an electrical outlet.


Monoblocks , in comparison with cultivators, are more complex devices with the ability to attach attachments. In addition to the work carried out by cultivators, walk-behind tractors allow you to mow grass, dig up potatoes, level the soil, remove snow, pump water (for example, to fill containers or irrigation) and even carry goods. Naturally, they cost more, but if you need a versatile machine that can perform the most complex work of caring for the site, then walk-behind tractors are best suited. They differ in weight and power. Monoblocks are mainly produced with 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines and can have several speeds.

Verticutters, lawnmowers , scythes, trimmers. All of these devices are designed for lawn care. A verticutter (or, as it is also called, a scarifier) ​​is intended to help with cleaning the lawn from a layer of last year’s grass, as well as with aeration of the soil. After treating the lawn with this device, free penetration of air, water and fertilizers to the roots of the plants will be ensured, which will positively affect the entire lawn as a whole – the grass will be juicier and thicker. The principle of operation of a verticutter is to pierce the soil with cutting mills, which have an adjustment of the depth of immersion. Lawn mowers , motokosa , trimmers used for mowing and cutting grass. They can be electric, gasoline or mechanical.


Chain saws – chainsaws and electric saws. The main purpose of chain saws is woodcutting. In a personal plot, they can be used to remove old trees and cut them, as well as to prepare firewood, for example, for a bath or furnace heating of a house. Compared to hand saws, they have a huge advantage – they significantly reduce labor costs and, as a result, accelerate the process.
Chain saws can be electric or gasoline. The advantages of electric saws – they do not emit exhaust gases, which means that you can use electric chain saws indoors. They are also characterized by high environmental friendliness and efficiency in comparison with gasoline saws. Disadvantages of electric saws: the presence of a cord, as a result, limited movement; lack of the ability to work in continuous mode – in order for the saw not to overheat, it is necessary to pause work.

In addition, chain saws are divided into: amateur, semi-professional and professional. The main criterion for this division is the duration of continuous operation, as well as the service life, measured in hours of work.

Brushcutter scissors. Designed to trim shrubs and hedges. The main division of these devices is carried out by the type of knife. It can be one-sided, two-sided, and rod.

The knife of one-sided scissors has teeth on only one side, and therefore can only be used for processing straight sections of shrubs. The knife of bilateral scissors, respectively, has teeth on two sides, such scissors allow you to trim the bushes from all sides. Barbell scissors are characterized in that the knife can be extended if necessary. This feature of rod products provides the ability to shear a hedge at a height without the use of stairs. In addition, brush cutters are divided into providing precise cuts and rough cuts.

Choppers. This type of gardening equipment is intended for grinding branches, outdated plants, leaves, and weeds. After grinding, the resulting mass can be used for compost. Shredders are electric and gasoline. Electric ones are characterized by less power and are able to grind branches of a smaller diameter in comparison with gasoline.

Soil motor drills. The second name is gas drills. As the name implies, they are used for drilling holes in the soil (or in ice). Pits can be used to plant trees or set up posts for fencing. Motor drills give a tangible advantage in the speed of digging holes and labor costs compared to digging with a shovel or other hand tools.

Whatever garden equipment you buy, it is important to remember that only a manufacturer with a good reputation can offer you a really high-quality, functional device that will justify the costs and make work on the garden and cottage site pleasant and easy. We recommend paying special attention to this, and then the purchase will be successful and pleasing.