Landscape Architecture Program


Date of this Version



Sutton, R. K. 2013. Seed Green roofs with Native Grasses. Journal of Living Architecture. November (2013) Issue 1 20 pp.


During six years of native grass establishment and growth on four green roofs, we sought to understand appropriate seeding seasons and spacing, the amount of time to reach the industry 80% coverage threshold (FLL 2008), the seed yield projections for volunteer plant infill. We also produced and tested methods for successfully and inexpensively seeding and determined “as needed” irrigation protocols. The suite of techniques examined improves and enhances the use, establishment, and management of native grasses on green roofs and reduces green roof costs.