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Building a green roof? Don’t install a lawn.

If you are tempted by the idea of creating a lush lawn on your rooftop we suggest you reconsider. We will discuss both some reasons why lawns are not good candidates for green roofs as well as some alternate design options.

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What are these orange bugs all over my milkweeds!?

There are two common yellowish-orange bugs of the six-leg variety that frequent milkweed plants. Both insects are easy to spot and easily identified due to their bright color. They also both commonly appear in very dense clusters, which makes them downright hard to miss. Surprise! Neither of these insects is the majestic monarch butterfly.

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Linda Tool Green Roof: 10 Years of Reducing Runoff in Red Hook

This past summer, around the same time the NYC city council passed the Climate Mobilization Act requiring green roofs on new buildings, one of the oldest green roofs in the city celebrated its tenth birthday. At ten years old the green roof on the Linda Tool manufacturing company in Red Hook is thriving. It has dramatically reduced the building’s environmental footprint, created valuable habitat, and brought natural beauty to the neighborhood. Touring the roof, as the Highview Creations team did on a cloudy summer Friday, is an exciting glimpse into where our city is headed.

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Installing Green Roofs in the Fall Presents Unique Challenges

Fall is a great time to install new plants because the cool weather reduces transplant stress and facilitates root growth. However, late fall planting carries risks. If plants don’t have time to establish strong roots before the onset of freezing weather they are more susceptible to damage from exposure. On green roofs, where soil horizons are thin and wind speeds usually elevated, the risks of plants suffering damage from exposure is more acute.

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