11. A New Beginning
Getting dirty once again... :D
Once we saw the terrible outcome of our plants drying out we came out with a new option: LET'S USE GRASS INSTEAD OF INDIVIDUAL PLANTS! First, grass turns to be less expensive than the plants we were using, since we didn't have to wait for it to grow and expand. Grass is actually hundreds of tiny full grown plants that can cover all the surface of the wooden pallet at once and transplanting it is quite simple.
After doing a little research and math for our surprise we found out that to create a garden using grass we would only need to invest $8.00 (USD) per wooden pallet, compared to using plants where we were spending about $20.00 (USD) per wooden pallet.
We could call this a life's lesson, because from a negative experience we could got extra knowledge that we hope would give us a new advantage. So we started a new stage of the project using grass instead of plants.
GO "GREEN GUARDS" TEAM!
Believe us.. Grass is heavy! That's no poker face
|These are the grass mats that we going to use. It's a type of grass who's scientific name is Zoysia Manila|
Bad experiences made us a stronger team...!!
|And again we get our hands dirty.||We started using a model for confirm if the grass would work as the main element in our garden.|
And eventually...IT WORKED
|Here we are putting together the prototype: 5 grass mats on top a wooden pallet covered with soil.||This is the final prototype completed.||Here you can see a top view of the wooden pallet covered with the grass mats. It looks cute! Isn't it?:D|
It's Alive, Alive!!
|After 3 weeks from transplanting the grass mats and watering them daily we found out they SURVIVED.
So we started again with new strength and hope but on a BIGGER because now we would cover almost all the roof from our experimental area. We sold chocolates to buy the grass mats and got friends to help us, since we already proved that working as a team we can get better outcomes!
GRASS: Our new tiny little helpers!
|This is the grass we will be using (Zoysia manila)commonly known as Zoysia grass.||Transporting 164 sod of grass into to the truck.||Ouch that looks heavy!|
Up, up we go!
|Here you can see our friends downloading the grass from the truck.||Using the pulley to lift the grass from to the first floor to the roof.||Uff, those were heavy mats!!|
Our way to the roof (Part II)
In this video we'll show you the remaining steps we took to finish our roof garden!
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Just keep planting, just keep planting!
|Placing the grass mats inside the wooden pallets... One down, 47 more to go!||Teamwork can make anything more fun and much faster!||Keep working! The first lines are almost done!|