What You’ll Need for a Rooftop Garden

Few people put New York and gardens in the same sentence. While we certainly live in a beautiful place, it can be difficult to connect with nature. That’s why rooftop gardens are becoming more popular. Imagine just going up the stairs from your residence and unwinding after a long day at work. With the right supplies and design, a rooftop garden can provide the urban oasis you’ve wanted for years. Here’s how to get started with rooftop garden landscaping:

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  1. Containers – There is plenty of flexibility when it comes to containers. It’s up to you whether you want to splurge or be more frugal. Aside from aesthetics, be sure to account for the ideal size, weight, and material of your containers. Keep in mind that you will need containers large enough for the roots of whatever plants you choose. Then you have to consider what will happen to the pot when the weather heats up and when you go to water the plant.
  2. Soil – Although it’s often the most underappreciated part of the garden, the soil is undoubtedly the most important. Choosing the right soil to begin with usually means less maintenance for you down the road. Just be aware that the soils in containers should be replaced about once a year (during spring). Feel free to lift and repot or top dress the existing soil.
  3. Fertilizer – Even the best potting mixes can’t replace the benefits provided by a good fertilizer. You might be thinking about the countless fertilizers you recently saw at the home and garden store. How do you know which is best for your rooftop garden? If you can, go with a water-soluble fertilizer, as it’s the fastest way to get essential nutrients to your plants. Don’t hesitate to ask a local garden design team for their opinion.
  4. Plants – Now we’re getting to the fun part. Thankfully, you don’t have to be an expert gardener to plant something in a container. Aside from tall trees, the options are almost limitless. Herbs, vegetables, and smaller to mid-sized perennials make great plants for rooftop gardens.
  5. Tools – This is where you can save quite a bit of money compared to those buying tools for a traditional ground level garden. Depending on how many plants you have, prepare to do a decent amount of scooping and filling. In addition to a trowel and soil scoop, you may want to also invest in a small tarp. A good pair of pruners doesn’t hurt, either.

High-End Landscape Design

If you want a rooftop garden for your space but just don’t have the time and/or energy to get started, then turn to the professionals at Amber Freda Landscape Design. Amber is the premier source for garden landscaping in Manhattan and throughout New York City. What makes Amber different is that she is there for clients every step of the way. Never will she simply hand off work to a third party crew. When you first contact Amber, she immediately goes to work creating your customized landscape plan.                    

With more than a decade of industry experience, Amber is the right choice for any luxury landscaping project in the area. Check out our landscape design services and get in touch with Amber today.  

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Why You Should Plant a Healing Garden

Is 2018 finally the year you plant that garden? If that’s the case, now is the time to get started. The last thing you want is to not have a plan when spring arrives. So grab a pen and paper, jot down ideas, and really think about what aspects of a garden are most appealing to you. Should you find yourself stuck at any point, think about the possibility of your own healing garden. What’s a healing garden you might ask? Well, it provides a place of refuge and promotes healing in individuals, families, and entire communities. Keep reading as we explain further why you should plant a healing garden.

  1. It helps people connect on a deeper level to their gardens and themselves – New York City is dominated by concrete and steel. Few residents are able to connect with nature on a regular basis. Over time, this can lead to additional stress, anxiousness, insomnia, and even depression. This is where a healing garden can work wonders. Healing gardens work to engage the senses on multiple levels through a combination of aesthetics, fragrances, tactile experiences, and sound. Let’s consider an example. Say you have a healing garden that features a few small trees, a fountain, and some flowers. Such a garden encourages interaction, from listening to the sound of leaves rustling to smelling the flowers. So if you just haven’t felt like yourself of late and want to tap into the power of nature, a healing garden might do the trick.
  2. It can heal your body and mind – There’s a lot on your plate at the moment. From working a stressful job to making sure your family has everything they need, you rarely have the opportunity to take care of yourself. Plus, when you do have free time, do you really take advantage of it? The fact is that a healing garden has incredible soothing capabilities. Imagine coming home from a long day and, instead of plopping down on the couch, enjoying your own personal oasis.
  3. It provides the perfect distraction – There are times when we desperately need some sort of distraction. For example, maybe you’ve been burning the midnight oil with work and could benefit from a 20-minute break. Another hypothetical is that your family is really testing your patience. Rather than lashing out at them, you can step outside and become engrossed in nature scenes for a few minutes.

How Amber Freda Helps With Landscape Design

Amber Freda Landscape Design isn’t your typical lawn care or hardscaping company. We focus on providing high-end landscaping services for those in Manhattan and throughout New York City. If you’re interested in a healing garden, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Our team of garden design professionals can help you achieve greater peace of mind thanks to a more thoughtful, balanced approach to landscaping.

Rest assured that our garden landscaping experts will never use a “cookie-cutter” approach to your project. We make it a point to tailor the specific landscaping to what the client wants.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out about our healing gardens in NYC.