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Greenroof Turfgrass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jordan Lockman Feb 22, 2013. 18 Replies

This is a stretch, but has anyone had any luck specifying a turfgrass blend on a greenroof? The catch is that it will have (at best) 3" of soil.This is not ideal in any situation as it is,…Continue

 

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Jordan Lockman replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"We have used the Live Roof Trays before and are quite happy with them. Have not tried turf however. The live roof trays work really well on smaller roofs where you just want an easy system installed and are more for looks. On bigger roofs with more…"
Feb 22, 2013
Timothy Gazzo replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Hi Jordan, I spoke with a professor at Rutgers - and ended up adjusting the layout - to provide an even 6" of soil depth. I havent finalized the species of Turf Grass though but I did narrow it down to a fescue mix (hard, fine, creeping and…"
Feb 22, 2013
Jordan Lockman replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Did you find anything further about the thin soil with turf?"
Feb 21, 2013
Timothy Gazzo replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"You said it there. The conditions vary on this project between the north and south side so exposure to the elements has driven the majority of our design decisions. I have two calls into Cornell (no response), I am going to contact Rutgers today as…"
Sep 17, 2012
toby replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"To take RH's comment "Not everything is possible with plants" further, are you preparing anything to show the client that this design element is in fact not possible. Who's going to get sued when it fails ?   "
Sep 15, 2012
Rob Halpern replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Timothy, You haven't yet stated (did I miss it?) whether the site is full sun all day or part day and which part, whether it is exposed to noticeable winds, whether the building extends above this floor casting shade. In NYC a rooftop can have…"
Sep 15, 2012
Wes Arola, RLA replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Since the area will be receiving some foot traffic, lounge chairs etc…It seems that maybe a grass paver type application may be applicable. If there is a light weight grass pave system you could use with the correct grass, that may be a…"
Sep 14, 2012
Timothy Gazzo replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Bingo. We've been investigating grasses that are tolerant of desiccation, full/part sun and resilient. Havent found the right mix yet, but we're in the hunt."
Sep 14, 2012
Timothy Gazzo replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"The situation is definitely not boggy - the opposite in fact. We are using a proprietary soil blend created for green roof plantings so I'd have to do a bit of research to see if it breaks down over a given amount of time.  We are already…"
Sep 14, 2012
Timothy Gazzo replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Thanks again, I certainly will look into this. The initial thought was to hydroseed the area, however sprigs could be an interesting alternative. I'll see if its rated for traffic. If anything good comes out of this I will let you…"
Sep 14, 2012
Jordan Lockman replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Remember that most green roofs are essentially alpine gardens. Full sun, lean soil, potentially limited water, windswept, etc. There are turf species that do well in that situation and as you stated fescues are one that will work."
Sep 14, 2012
toby replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Have you ever been near a synthetic grass that has full sun exposure on a hot day ? You mention "soil"...what's the mix ?    Does it break down over time ?  What is your irrigation ? If the potential is a boggy…"
Sep 13, 2012
Jason T. Radice replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Look into this stuff. It is a rhizomatic low-growing variety of bluegrass. It only grows to 2" or 3" meaning low/no mowing and since it is rhizomatic, it self-heals and needs much less watering. And since I first spotted it, they seem…"
Sep 13, 2012
Timothy Gazzo replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Thanks Jason, this is really helpful. I've since found ways to "increase" the soil depth to about 5". So there's a small silver lining there. As for synthetic, yeah, thats what many others have recommended as well. Problem…"
Sep 13, 2012
Jason T. Radice replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"I'd go with synthetic turf on a roof like that. You just don't have the soil depth for proper root growth. If this was in Florida, you may have been able to use a bermuda with very heavy maintenance and replacement…"
Sep 13, 2012
Jordan Lockman replied to Timothy Gazzo's discussion 'Greenroof Turfgrass'
"Sounds like a lot of watering and feeding I have not done so, but it is done."
Sep 13, 2012

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