Ground cover – cure bare spots, landscaping issues | Home And Garden
Almost every lawn or garden has one – a bare, ugly spot where nothing seems to grow well. Chances are the cure is pretty universal: cover it quickly, cheaply, and permanently with flowering or lush, green ground cover.
The sturdy, easy-to-grow and aesthetically pleasing ground cover fills open spaces, solves landscape problems and minimizes garden maintenance. Ground covers can turn a dull, sparse space into a rich tapestry of textures, shapes, and continuous colors. These plants can freshen up challenging spots under trees, emphasize transition areas along paths and foundations, and increase interest in open spaces. They also offer a seasonal show with flowers and colors.
Ground cover is an inexpensive and quick way to tackle difficult trouble spots. It does the mulching job at a fraction of the cost, blocking weed growth, isolating the soil, protecting more fragile plants, and adding extra visual appeal. Some ground covers even support nutrients for companion plants with more demanding nutritional needs.
Spring is the best time to plant ground cover so the roots can establish themselves before conditions get tough.
• Don’t just plant the first ground cover that catches your attention. First, make an inventory of your problem area so that you can select a land cover that is suitable for the spot. Some ground covers need sun, while others only thrive in shade. Some prefer dry locations. Others need moist soil.
• Assess the soil at the site. Is it sandy and dry? A beautiful clay? Or wet, damp clay? There is a soil cover for each soil condition, but you also need to test the soil acidity. You may need to modify your soil to raise or lower the pH, or add organics to change the texture.
• As tough as they are, ground cover still requires proper fertilization, watering, and weed control to keep them attractive – just like any other plant. Newly planted areas need special attention until they are well established.
• Seeds are the cheapest way to start land cover. And planting ground cover seeds is one of the easiest seeds you will ever do in your garden or yard. Ground cover seeds are typically much smaller and lighter than other plant seeds; Often times, you can get up to 175,000 seeds in just one ounce.