How To Protect Your Flower Garden During Roof Replacement Or Repair

You've got roofing contractors coming over to do some work on your roof, and you're a nervous wreck because you've just finished adding the final details to your beautiful flower bed. The bed sits right against your house, and you just know that there's bound to be at least a few bits of scrap material or nails being flung its way. You can also clearly envision the crew of workers not recognizing your lilies of the valley as the fine specimens they truly are, and trampling and crushing them on their way up to and down from your roof.

Relax; any reputable roofing contractor is going to do their best to protect your garden because doing a good job means you're likely to call them back in the future. Quality roofers have specially designed chutes and bins to catch all the bits of debris that are thrown from the roofs they work on. Just in case, though, there are some precautions you can take to ensure your flower garden is kept in pristine shape, even if you happen to hire a roofing contractor with sub-par cleanup skills.

Move All Lawn Decorations

Before the roofers arrive, pick up all lawn decorations within the immediate vicinity of your house and move them to your garage. If you don't have a garage, bring small ornaments inside, and store larger ones in a remote corner of your yard, covered by a tarp. 

Move garden adornments regardless of whether or not they're fragile; even if your only piece is a sturdy cement garden gnome, a roofer could still trip over it and land sprawled out on top of your beloved begonias. 

Move Any Potted Plants, Unless They're Set Into The Ground

A lot of gardeners add interest to their flower beds by incorporating potted plants into the mix. If you've done this yourself, and the pots aren't too heavy, pick them up and move them away from the area the roofing crew will be working in. 

If you have pots in your garden that are partially or totally submerged, however, leave them where they are and move on to the next step. Pulling these pots out of the ground would leave a hole that might trip-up a roofer and damage your flower bed. 

Give Your Flower Bed A Roof

Even with the most careful of careful roofers performing your work, there's still a risk of debris falling into your garden bed. The best way to protect all the flora you can't move is by covering them with a roof-like structure. Sawhorses work great for this purpose. Either buy a set of them from your local hardware store, or build a set with wood scraps you have kicking around your home.

Place one sawhorse at each end of your flower bed, and then drape a sturdy vinyl tarp over them so that your flower garden is covered.

Specifically Ask Your Contractor To Use A Magnet Sweeper

Before your roofing contractors leave, ask if they'll take the added time to run a magnet sweeper through your flower bed. These contraptions are specially designed to lift and collect any bit of metal that has been left following a work project. 

It may appear as though your roofers did a wonderful cleanup job as they're packing up their trucks to drive away, but if you get a nail in your knee 6 months later as you're weeding your lovely beds, you'll think differently -- make sure the roofers use a magnet sweeper!

Save Your Receipts

If you still have the receipts from  the flowers you've planted in your garden, keep holding on to them until after your roof work is done. Any reputable contractor will gladly cover the cost of damaged to your property incurred by the negligence of a member of their work crew. Even if the roofing company is small and the damage is big, as roofers, they have business insurance and are prepared to handle this type of claim.

If you've got a team of roofing contractors coming to your house to repair or replace your roof, protect your flower bed. Roofing is a messy job, and some of that mess will end up in your flower garden if the necessary measures aren't taken to prevent it from happening. Most reputable roofing companies like will do everything they can to limit the mess and protect your plants, but with a garden like yours, it makes sense to take the time and effort to employ the blossom stomping-preventative measures listed above.