Let’s Cover A Little Ground on Groundcovers
Groundcovers are a versatile plant option for many areas in your landscape. They prevent soil erosion, help retain moisture and reduce maintenance. They are also a great grass substitute, especially in shady spots or small gaps between pavers and other hardscape.
But our favorite reason for going with groundcovers is that they fill spaces that would otherwise be prone to weeds, with no pesticide and little to no weeding required.
The time you invest up front will pay off for years to come.
For best results with anything you plant, groundcover included, it’s important to prepare your soil.
· Start by removing current weeds. Be as thorough as you can to give your groundcover the best chance to take root and spread out. If the work gives you second thoughts, consider that this will be one of the last times you’ll need to weed the area like this.
· Rake in a good compost. We recommend Fafard’s Ultimate Outdoor Planting Mix because it’s rich with organic matter that adds structure to clay and sandy soil and valuable plant nutrition.
· Plant in spring or summer. You can plant groundcovers any time of year, but we recommend spring or summer so it has time to develop a healthy root system before the ground freezes.
· Stagger plants to establish a quick cover. Be sure to read plant labels, they’ll include optimal spacing instructions. It may take a couple of years for plants to mature to full spread, but it won’t take long for you to see them filling in the space.
Choosing the right plant for the right place.
Each groundcover option has unique characteristics. We like to match them to your goals for the best results.
Great for under large shady trees where roots make it difficult for plants to grow:
Full sun & drought tolerant:
· Creeping Thyme
· Barren Strawberry
· Creeping Thyme
Making the transition to groundcovers and why it’s worth it.
Yes, using groundcovers in an area will be more of an investment than spreading grass seed. But you’re investing time and resources up front for a solution that will save you time and money in the long run. Plus, you’ll have a vibrant, textured area that adds character and longevity to your landscape.
Give groundcovers a try and let us know how it goes.