Truly touch-all-around the vegetable world, the ground covers look great. Follow these 7 sensible tips to plant ground covers easily to beautify your garden.
Spoiled for choice
Once you have your list of ground coverings tailored to your site, shrink it by deciding what you want to plant.
- If you want to get a lawn effect without having to switch the lawnmower often, slow-growing ornamental lawn might do the trick; to have a green carpet all year long, consider rather an evergreen plant such as the pachysandra.
- Floral coverings have a dual purpose; they eliminate weeds and dress the landscape with seasonal colors.
- The lower plants are ideal between the footboards and along the paths; larger plants – up to 1m – are perfect for planting on slopes or under trees.
1. Frame the whole
A ribbon of ground cover plants (30 to 60cm wide) around a small grassed area gives the finish and will save you time on the size of the borders.
- Evergreen coverlets work best, but you can also use deciduous plants that die in the winter.
- While the coverings are in winter, cover them with nice mulch, such as shredded bark.
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2. Wedding is paramount
The most important step to getting healthy ground covers is to get rid of weeds before planting.
- Handle Swivel root weeds such as dandelions, if you want to make sure they have been removed completely;
- Remove the rest of the grass and weeds with a shredder or (in the case of small areas) with a spade or shovel;
- After you have dug or plowed the soil, water the site and let it rest a week or two;
- Remove the weeds again before planting.
3. Fall Planting
Autumn is the perfect time to plant new ground cover plots.
- In the spring, they will be well set up and ready to grow quickly, so they can take the place and cut the grass underneath the weed.
- Moreover, they will require less water since their roots will grow before the arrival of warm and dry temperatures in the summer.
4. Create planting pockets
Do you need to grow ground cover under trees and shrubs?
- Root abundance can make it difficult to dig or plow the site, so dig seeing holes as best you can and add a shovelful of compost in each.
- After planting, add cow tail mulch or more compost and keep your ground cover well moistened for the first or first two years.
5. Adapt to Slopes
The ground coverings are excellent solutions for slopes, eliminating the need to regularly mow these irregular spaces.
- To prevent erosion as the plants settle in, place a permeable, biodegradable cover such as a jute mesh over the loose soil.
- Cut seed holes, install the plants and cover the cover with mulch.
6. Doing more
- Another option that works well on a steep slope is to lay boards, logs or stones to create low walls.
- Add soil to the garden to fill the void behind the wall, creating “landings” where it will be easy to plant ground cover and these will be much less prone to erosion.
7. Everything is linked
To make the cutting easier and minimize the tedious pruning work, use ground cover beds to tie individual shrubs and trees into large sets.
- Floral floor coverings are fabulous for adding color around trees that do not bloom or around shrubs.
- Evergreen coverlets, on the contrary, can form an elegant backdrop and contrast with bushes with light flowers.
By following these tips for planting ground covers, you will not only be able to diversify your garden, but you will also avoid many hours of sheer and maintenance.