Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Working on the Greenroof

I went up to the greenroof on Sunday with a Horticulture Society member, planning to weed and plant bluebonnets on one of the plots. A few bluebonnets had been spotted alive after the drought of 2011, so I decided to go with a monoculture of bluebonnets as a test. Thanks to the College of Architecture providing funds to fix the watering system, we can begin planting different species of plants and giving them water in a timely fashion.

After raking up the dead grasses and throwing the refuse off the roof for later cleanup, there were still many small weed plants that would need to be manually pulled to fully clear the roof.

I would recommend that a hard rake be pulled through the media to loosen the roots, then separate the media from the weeds by running a regular rake back and forth over the mixture until the plant material is on top. This is virtually the only way to guarantee a weed-free environment up there and prevent competition for moisture.

The plot on the northernmost end of the roof is mostly filled by a low-growing succulent weed, which seems to be doing fine. Here's an up-close example:

ID, anyone?
In what space was left in that plot I scattered seeds from an old Texas Wildflower mix that may or may not germinate.

Here's a view of the greenroof proper, and a picture of the cleared plot:

We wound up not planting the bluebonnet seeds because there are just too many weeds. The watering system was set up to water the northernmost plot about twice a week, which will be readjusted as needed.

Heavy items were hauled up using a metal bucket and rope, which were left on the roof. 

1 comment:

  1. That unidentified succulent weed looks like what we used to call "stomp grass" in the greenhouse. Although a preliminary google search indicates that we may have just made that name up.

    Looks like we should schedule a two-part clean up for the greenroof, using the recommended raking techniques, aiming for October when the weather gets a little cooler. It's been blessedly cool these past few days, let's hope that's a good sign!