Ground Cover Plants

Have you ever considered planting part of your lawn with a ground cover plants rather than seeding it all in grass? Learn how!

With the addition of ground cover, you can add interest to the landscape around your home or improve problem areas where the grass never seems to grow well. There are other instances where a ground cover may be used in place of grass. Shady spots are the first place you should think of. Unless the sun shines on the lawn about half of the day, grass plants will not do well, even with watering and fertilizing. There are several ground covers that do well in shade and can be used in place of grass very conveniently. Carpet bugle, ivy, ferns, lily-of-the valley, periwinkle, and wintercreeper all tolerate shady conditions.

Steep banks are difficult to mow and often become deeply rutted and unsightly. Sometimes a strip, too narrow to mow, causes you a maintenance headache, and you wish for a simple solution each time you look at it. In both these cases ground covers can be used to improve the appearance of your lawn. A more specialized use for ground covers is obvious whenever you visit a beach area and see the homes built among the rocks and sand overlooking the water. Dry, sandy conditions and a salt problem make it next to impossible to grow grass, yet there are several plants that have adapted to this environment. Try using bearberry, rugosa roses, shore juniper, and beach wormwood, as these can help stabilize the sand and soil, while adding a touch of beauty to an area that may otherwise be barren and cold looking.

Several other circumstances may give you an opportunity to consider using a ground cover. Tree roots surfacing in your lawn from that large shade tree create a problem when you're taking your late evening stroll around the yard. Chopping them out with an axe is tiring and doesn't completely solve the problem. What you wind up with is holes in your yard. A better solution is to use low-growing plants for ground cover. Use a rock wall with crevices and plant the low-growing plants there. The two different looks of plants and rocks makes your yard more attractive. If you have flowerbeds of tulips, crocus, narcissus, lilies, or any of these type of plants, weeds will be discouraged from growing there and will save you hours of weeding.

By planting groundcover all over our lawn area, you are saving yourself from having to mow the lawn that seems forever to grow. This will give you maintenance free landscape. Ground covers come in a variety of shapes, colors and textures that will make your home the envy of the block and make your yard stand out.

Dig out all the barren areas of your yard and add topsoil to the holes. Plant the ground cover plants inside each hole and water them heavily the first time. Then sprinkle them everyday with water. Before long, your yard will look great and will save you hours of hard yard work. Add plants to walls and crevices in any area of your yard, by adding topsoil. The ideas that you can come up with are endless!

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