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Risa Sibbitt
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I don't know what thread to ask this question... I hope maybe here?

Can we plant some bushes on a roof of a wood shed? **If so, is there a type of design for the roof that we should build so it can hold the weight of soil/bushes/heaviness of rain water/snow? we are zone 3.
We are just starting building now and the posts are in the ground.

The shed is between us and the neighbors. I would like to block out the neighbor's new 4-story mansion/hotel next to our small log cabin/farm. I was hoping the bushes would help. We can't put trees behind the shed, or it would limit access to the shed for firewood.

any advice appreciated. thanks!
 
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Roof is wet, maybe some bamboo? Or a kiwi or grapes on a trellis instead? A shrub may not be the best idea. Why bush? Are you looking for an evergreen bush, so it hides the view in winter? A thick screen of hops could do the trick, without the expensive build?
 
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The idea of the kiwi or other climber is far easier to realize than bushes planted on the roof. You could make a traditional green roof but this is low growing plants. But roots of bushes will grow through almost everything and it gets heavy very easily.
 
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we are already building the shed, but it's not high enough to bloc out the neighbors view, so i was trying to brainstorm how to get some extra height with a environmental looking idea. but after more thought, the bushes may be too heavy with the soil. so still brainstorming.
 
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Then simply put up some sort of a grid over the roof or alongside and let something grow, which gives you fruit and suits your climate.
 
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