Plant a carpet of colorful plants as a low-maintenance lawn alternative or simply replace areas of your lawn with easy care, decorative plants.
What is groundcover? A groundcover is any plant that is planted in significant numbers over an area with the purpose of convering bare soil. While almost any plant can be used this way, certain ones are particularly helpful for this aim because of their knack to spread quickly and weave together into lovely mats of interesting texture and color.
Groundcovers are often, but necessarily low growing plants. Many grow as individual clumps that become wider as they mature. Some are creeping plants that spread by way of runners under soil. Perennial creeping plants are particularly avantageous in holding the soil against erosion.
Why a blooming groundcover? Groundcovers that have colorful flowers either all or part of the growing season are decorative without the effort of managing a flower garden. Colorful flowers host beneficial insects, which contribute to the well-being of all your outdoor plants. You can also plant blooming groundcovers to reduce lawn size as well. Use them in problem areas in the yard to mask surface tree roots, replace lawn on difficult to mow slopes or ditches, or suppress weeds in undeveloped areas. They can also cover unsightly drainage pipes, downspouts, decaying stumps, and utility covers.
To Plant A Bloomng Groundcover You Will Need:
Blooming groundcover plants in containers
1.Prepare the planting location by killing weeds and tilling or digging in 2 inches of organic matter, such as compost.
2.Remove the plants from the containers and set them out in the desired spacing. The closer they are the faster they will fill in.
3.Dig planting holes as deep as the plant roots. Set plant crowns level with the soil surface. Press soil gently around each plant.
4.Water well for at least two weeks or until they are established. Remove any unhealthy plants and replace with healthy ones immediately.
Where to plant? There are blooming groundcover plants appropriate for almost all site conditions with the exception of deep shade. Some flourish in sun and dry, poor soil, as on exposed hillsides. Others favor partial shade and moist, woodsy soil where they will add a bright spot of color to the green landscape. Adding diversity and scent to areas of your yard, groundcovers need little fertilizer or extra water.
Extra Tip: When planting groundcovers on slopes, stagger the rows of plants to slow down water runoff. Set each plant into soil vertically, as if the ground were level. Create a ridge of soil downhill from each plant to help retain water.