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Green roofs have had a hard time this winter, lots of snow and freezing conditions. The beast from the east didn't just damage roads and give us all a snow day or two. Although snow and ice shouldn’t have damaged your green roof, it will benefit from a bit of maintenance and care.

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Intentionally vegetated roofs are very hardy and resistant to most weather conditions that the UK can through at them, but that doesn’t mean they won’t benefit from a bit of TLC at this time of year.  A little bit of care now should ensure your roof is looking it’s best and performing as it should for the summer.

A spring maintenance visit should include clearing of the gravel vegetation barriers at the edges and up-stands of the roof; visual inspection and removal of any undesirable plants; removal of any debris (it’s amazing what birds and the wind can bring onto a roof); and clearing of all the drainage outlets and gutters. If a fall arrest system is installed, the test schedule for that should be checked too.  

Annual meadow green roof

To give your roof a bit of extra colour for the summer, you could consider adding a little extra growing medium and sewing a pollinator friendly annual seed mix.

With all that done, your roof should be fit for another British summer!

Elspeth Yates