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Tropical Depression Eight

Hurricane Irene's Projected Path From http://www.weather.com

Hurricane Irene stubbornly continues on her path barreling towards all of the major Northeastern metropolitan areas. New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia are all included on her coastal tour. As you may have guessed hurricanes and roof gardens don’t exactly make for a party. For those of you with exposed outdoor spaces, here are some tips to consider as you batten down your hatches and prepare your roof garden for a storm.

1. Bring all lightweight furniture, cushions and accessories inside. Anything that you can lift and fit through the door should be brought in.

2.  Prune prune prune. Okay, so it may not be the ideal time of season to prune your containerized trees, but any extra branches or leaves you can remove will help reduce the impact of wind on the plants.

3. Cluster planters against the sides of buildings. Small pots that can be grouped together against building walls will generally be more secure than those left on the middle of an exposed rooftop. Of course each roof has its own specific conditions, but this is a general rule of thumb.

4. Turn dining tables upside down (assuming it doesn’t fit through your patio door). They can get caught by strong winds if left in their normal position. Place a protective surface on the floor, turn it upside down and place something on top of it to weigh it down. Extra concrete pavers or small planters could do the trick.

5. Fill some buckets of water and leave them on the terrace. Just in case the electricity goes out you are still going to want to water your plants after the storm dissipates.

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After finishing a client appointment this evening I passed 80 Irving place and had to stop for some pictures. Anchoring the corner of 19th Street and Irving Place, this 1920’s home (gorgeous in its own right) is completely covered in Boston Ivy.

Not LEED certified, but equally as green

With Ginko biloba street trees, Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) foundation plantings and Hedera Helix (English Ivy) topiaries on the second floor balcony, they seem to be doing everything right.

The Ornate Iron Work and Green Entry at 80 Irvin Place

Perhaps it’s the enchanting location near Gramercy Park, or maybe the classic architecture of this magnificent Brownstone, but never has such a simple palette of plants looked so good. Though this building is not LEED certified, I would argue that it is equally as green.

English Ivy Topiaries Grace the 2nd Floor Iron Balconies

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