- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
I've always wondered whether you could use vines to offer the same shade protection as large trees. Erect a trellis on the West wall, and build a framework suspended above the roof, maybe 2' above it. You could use grape vines on the trellis, and train ivy or some other hardy vine (trumpet vine?) onto the roof frame. That would give you protection from heat in Summer; and after the leaves fall, allow sun on the roof in Winter. It could be really attractive. Obviously the roof framework would have to be strong, and it might be necessary to hose off the leaves in Fall... but I'd really be curious to see if that concept would protect a home from excessive heat.
there are certain plants that may work, but others which are horrible (they will penetrate any slightest crack they can find in the exterior and as soon as they do that they can cause a lot of damage). also once you have any kind of organic matter then you are also going to possibly get weeds and animals and on top of that fire danger.
those old ivy covered mansions look beautiful to me, but they've got walls several feet thick and it is usually a damp enough climate...
grapes are notorius for having roots that will seek moisture through rock. i would not want grapes growing on any structures. i've seen them bring trees down too. too heavy and they grow a lot and require care to do well IMO. nope, not grapes, not for me.
heh, sorry ducks we went off on a tangent here. haha, sorry, we can take it to another thread.