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Ground cover plants can enhance your landscape, while minimizing some of the problems of mowing. Ground cover plants are particularly valuable for areas where turf grass is difficult to maintain. Shaded areas under large trees or around those trees that have heavy surface feeding roots are the more common problem areas in our landscapes. You might also consider planting steep banks with ground cover plants, rather than constructing a retaining wall to hold the soil. Evergreen Ground cover plants with mulch such as woodchips wherever you can eliminate some hand weeding or clipping. Planting Ground cover plants around trees can be helpful because it protects the tree from injury by the mower.

Ground cover Plants including junipers, prostrate, Facer make for an excellent and shrubs flowerbeds. They are used effectively provide a smooth transition between shrubs to grass. An efficient design will include bending or sweeping lines, rather than straight borders. These areas will be ground also allow the trim around the borders of shrubs without clipping hand. Ground cover may break Surrounding the lawn, planted with banks covering varied soils create a very interesting place. up a large lawn and give it more shape, particularly in the shade where grass will not grow well.
Shade Plants- Remember that ground covers Plants will not solve all the problems of maintenance in your garden. If you grow a lot of these plants in the shade where grass does not grow well, you may choose shade plants. Like ground cover plants, shade plants still require some attention. Cover crops should be watered frequently, and sometimes May require spraying for insects or diseases. In addition, the ground cover plants respond positively to the application of nitrogenous fertilizer periodically during the culture season. If the plants retain their leaves during the Winter (as Mahonia or juniper), you should water the plants even in winter. This should be done when the weather is dry and soil is not frozen. The ground cover wider Plants also have a tendency to waste collection and paper that is blown from the surrounding area. This will require some time to keep the area free from litter. Cover soil around the base of a tree eliminates hand clipping and helps prevent mower damage. Ground cover may break wide range of lawn and create more shape. Planting cover crops
Choose ground covers to suit your needs. If you cultivate soil instead of grass because the area is too shady, you must Choose plants that can tolerate heavy shade. Remember that the steep banks especially those exposed south-west accumulates very little soil moisture. Use plants that can withstand dry conditions on these banks. Reptiles Juniper, cotoneaster, creeping or Honeysuckle are most often used for this purpose. Plant spacing will depend on how quickly you want the area to be covered, ultimate spread of the plant, and most important your budget. Cover crops are generally much more expensive than grass. However, they are not more expensive than bark mulch chips. Before planning large areas of be planted to cover crops, you should consult your lists the retail cost. Naturally, the more plants are spaced, the more soil will be covered. An approximate formula to figure the number of plants is required: Areas to cover in square feet (Spacing of plants in ft) 2 = Number of plants required 100 sq ft = 100 (1.5) 2 2.25 = 44.4 or 45 plants
Example: If you use Vinca minor at intervals of 18 inches (1.5 ft), and want to cover an area of 100 square feet, you will need: Normally, ground covers are smaller placed in a grid spacing of 12 inches, but it will depend on your requirements. slopes or banks, you want to place the plants Establish a grid, the dimensions should be based on plant material needs using string to locate where each plant will be installed. at intervals even closer, if not, the soil will eroded before the flooring is established. The durable ground cover that listed and will be grown from seed is Crown Vetch although rooted plants are also available in this species.
Many ground cover Plants spread root at the nodes on the stems as they drag along ground. This will cover more rapidly during bare soil. Some examples are prostrate Juniper [Juniper Prostrata and Juniperus procumbens - especially Nana], Vinca minor, strawberry, and varieties of Stonecrop. It is often used to use a boat mulch around plants for ground cover. This makes the edge or border more attractive than bare soil and makes weeding easier. You can use a metal or wood border around borders and areas of planting trees. This will help Make a clear definition between the ground cover area and lawn. Be sure the edge material is not greater than one inch above the ground row. This will allow easy mowing without breaking the bank border. The song must also extend Ground 3 to 5 inches. This will avoid cool-season grasses from the invasion border areas. These pads are not effective against the spread of Zoysia and Bermuda grass.
Wood border around edges. Cut grooved halfway planks to allow more bending. Rock Gardens in the Landscape Use rocks may take various forms in our landscapes. One of the most common forms of Rock is the stone wall or terrace. This is generally considered a retaining wall, and made an excellent location for this "special" appearance of a more natural setting. The more formal arrangement of rocks in the traditional Japanese garden is also an excellent parameter for the rockery. In landscapes where soil is monotonous, a rock garden may be created to give your landscaping a new dimension.
Design a Rock Garden There are some features in common garden which are so often misunderstood and, once constructed neglected as the rock garden. The horrible mass of bright, enameled pieces of brick work in the cracks half-starved plants struggle for existence is nothing but distortion. Add a donkey cart and a plastic deer few and the whole device becomes absurd. The chief uses of rocks and stones in a rock garden are providing coolness to the roots and storage humidity in the crevices of the use of plants. The idea that Rock plants grow better in almost anything, but Rock is a mistaken one. A generous allocation of land between the good, between and under stones is essential for healthy plant growth. Since the function rocks is to provide shelter for roots, it is manifestly unnecessary plant slabs of rock or stone pic in soil. No protection is granted this way. The roots can not get beneath them and they do not retain moisture. To create a rockery, not plant slabs of rock perpendicularly into the ground. Great masses of stone of two feet or more length should be used whenever possible and should be strong and well sunk into the ground in a little oblique direction. They should be tilted backwards, step forward for the rain in May net to plant roots.
Studying an outcrop of natural stone. The visible parts of the stones must be as pleasant as can be and should in all oblique same direction to represent a natural outcrop stone. But we must never forget they are not there for the good of the effect image but to protect the roots of plants growing among them. Strongly marked lines of stratification. The rocks must be of Aboriginal stone are all looked as if she belongs. Before you start build, you should if possible, to study some natural outcrops of rocks and see what happens in nature. The examination of exposed rock face, except igenous to rock like granite, you will see a suggestion of very strong lines of stratification. They are continuous and May be at any angle between horizontal and vertical. These parallel lines show how stone was deposited and grew up in layers levels may later be thrown by internal forces as seen on the roads in cuttings of the Appalachians and the Rockies Mountains. It is important that when we rebuild rock on a small scale that these lines are stratum parallel and that the pieces of stone lying along these lines.
The rock garden should not be used to store your collections of rocks. This type of garden would consist of a heterogeneous assemblage of rocks which were collected from different parts of the country. The most important rule to consider when building a rock garden is that it does not appear to be a man. Select your rocks carefully similar rock formations. In Kansas, you can generally find sedimentary rocks of sandstone, shale or limestone. If you can find an outcrop these rocks, use these sizes ranging from large to small rocks. Attempted recreate what crops up in your yard. You will most likely to reduce it to a size that corresponds to your landscape. The important thing using a single type of rock.
rosion causes that fill the pockets with soil and debris so when you arrange the rocks in your garden Remember that nature covers the rocks with earth and fill low areas only worn by time, ever freshly cut surfaces sides. If you use rocks that are already covered with some lichen or moss, it is much better. When mounting the rocks in the creation, use boulders as the backbone and then place the small rocks into the design. Make sure these rocks are not put together too tight. A good rock garden has many pockets of land left between rocks to plants. Give your garden a swing background shrubs and possibly some small trees. The sound of water increases the interest at any garden and building a small pool with water dripping on a rock under a rock Garden in May and be worth your time and investment. For an overview diagram of a small rock garden pool. A naturalistic approach to creating a rock garden.
  1. Line pool with concrete painted dark sides of slopes to help prevent cracking in winter.
  2. Low horse power, with submersible pump connected to the earth. Water is pumped from bottom pool to top pool.
  3. Flexible plastic pipes are buried underground.
  4. A type of toilet tank float valve can be used to control water levels.
  5. A check valve can be used to prevent water from flowing back into the house system.
  6. A drain allows overflow water which can be taken to a large hole filled with rocks where it can seep back into the ground.
A rock garden layout as part of the landscape. When laying a stone path to the center stone of a normal one. Approximately 24 " Planting the Rock Garden Adequate drainage is probably the most important factor to consider when planting any Rockery. Rock garden and alpine plants species require well-drained soil. In general, a well-designed rock garden or wall will provide adequate drainage for any plants you want to use. In choosing the site for a rock garden, remember that most of these plants need sun and less half of the day. However, some protection should be provided by the hot, dry winds from the southwest. In the shade may be provided by trees, but planting trees in the garden of the stone itself. Tree root competition may be more of a problem that sun.
Most rock plants like rich soil, although they need not. A land full of large sand or gravel, compost and other rotten vegetable matter mixed in some cases the old welldecomposed manure is excellent for the rock garden. When plants are studied rock in their natural conditions, they will be found in most If the soil around the roots is completely covered by the stems and leaves, each plant touching its neighbors and virtually no soil remains exposed. This arrangement is the The selection of plants for your rock garden depend on your goal. Do not select plants for a rock garden that make the fast-spreading ground. The Stringy Stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum) Vinca, or vines to threaten other plants in the garden. In addition, plants do not to be too large for the rocks in the garden. The best design gives the appearance of plants to be overshadowed by the rocks. You will not want to hide Some plants under rocks and in deep crevices. This will give the appearance of plants their natural habitat.
On most residential properties, the choice of posure of the soil to the sun and the location is really limited. In our maritime climate, the wind its natural moisture is preserved. At startup would be an ideal site to the north, east or north-west ING Small plants, it is difficult to separate AT-slope of a home stretch Tain early. Small plants are unable to cover lawn, still visible from the terrace and one or more the surface of the earth and planting Windows. If a natural setting is not available a approximation would only overcrowding of a more formal garden of stone with stone they result in endangered plants. In these terraces, stone walls and flagstone paths can cases, the best thing is to cover the interim will be built. Such a design can be used closer surface soil with pine bark or stone chips in the house. Often, measures can be made part of the small enough to be easily pushed aside by a growing design that adds interest to the landscape. but sufficient to help prevent over-drying of soil.
Planting the cliff Rock walls are the simplest form of rock. The results of planting a touch dry rock often turn a simple maintenance wall in a naturalistic masterpiece. Interesting designs may be created by placing Stonecrop, thyme, etc., in the cracks. In the upper wall, you may want to use junipers, prostrate. They crawl down on the side of the wall to give a "wrapped" appearance ". If the height of a slope or a bank of more than four feet, it is necessary to use two or more dry retaining walls. The spaces between the walls great places for rock single. Here May you use basements, to design a rock garden, or use the mugo pine and juniper with some flowering plants. Another suggestion would be to use this space for your strawberries. Unless these areas are large enough to use for entertainment, it is best not to plant grass. A wall of dry laid stone with a base of about half as wide as the size stones sloping back slightly and adequate drainage is provided at ground level and at the base. A cliff offers attractive places for growing many plants.

Ornamental grasses provide us range of sizes and colors for our landscapes. The small bunch of some form of ornamental grasses are excellent for garden borders down inputs, and are also well suited to rockeries. Other forms of Hardy Ornamental grasses are usually too large for the Border use unless they are to provide background. A row of plants, such as Giant Reed or Ravennagrass, provide a monitor for your garden, if This type of plant you want. A unique bouquet of the grass is used more efficiently for Accent purposes. It could be either the main entrance of your home, or accent the border in the backyard. A note warning of Use striking the grass carefully and ask yourself Question: "Did they really compliment my overall composition of the plant? "because many have been planted and are increasingly irrelevant, they were part of a passing fad plants. Averages used ornamental grasses to soften outline of a cliff. To be effective the use of a mass of smaller ornamental grasses.
Large, ornamental grasses should be used in posies, do not overuse them. Yucca's naturalized in the border. Yuccas are often used as an accent plant and are very attractive to naturalize if space permits. For plantation entrance, attracting attention group entry, three or more Yuccas together at the border to give the appearance of a more natural setting. A word of Attention-tip ends of Yucca are sharp sharp and could be considered a danger to nearby doors. This is particularly important when Small children can play. Vines for the Landscape Two types of vines have been listed in the tables. These include the vines may be used for an excellent ground cover, and which should only be used as climbers. Vines provide good soil cover are: Euonymus spp. Creeping Euonymus Hedra helix English ivy and varieties Lonicera spp. Creeping Honeysuckles Polygonurn spp. Silver-fleece vine These vineyards are not above are not satisfactory for ground covers, or because they will not cover the ground satisfactorily or because they will exceed their limits too quickly. The Creeping Euonymus tend to climb the walls of buildings and tree trunks when placed too close. This is most likely to occur in shaded places such as exposures to the north and east. The climbing vines should also not be used next to buildings or trees. The vines quickly set up along the wall and cover the windows. Maintaining the exterior surface a building is very difficult when the vine is allowed to settle. Deciduous vines can be selected for climbing on shade trees and patios or exposed to sunlight walls of the house. They can provide shade over quickly as shade trees and enhance the landscape near your home.
When planting vineyards near the house, dig a large hole and fill with good soil. Too often, the soil near the base of the house is a mixture of mortar, bricks, pieces of wood and construction debris covered with two inches of hard clay! Plant inch vine 8 to 10 of the wall. Vineyards to help control temperature and create garden edge interest.

GROUND COVER PLANTS FOR SHADE
Bugle
Coral Bells
Crown Vetch
Euonymus
Forget-Me-Not
Forsythia, Arnold Dwarf
Honeysuckle, Hallís
Ivy, English
Lily-of-the-valley
Mahonia, Creeping
Pachistima
Periwinkle
Plantainlilies
Spurge
Stonecrops (some)
Strawberry, Wild
Thyme
Wintercreeper

GROUND COVER PLANTS TO FIT YOUR LANDSCAPE NEEDS
Bugle
Chokeberry
Cotoneaster, Cranberry
Cotoneaster, Rock
Crown Vetch
Euonymus
Forsythia, Arnold Dwarf
Ivy, English
Junipers
Lily Turf
Matrimony Vine
Moss Pink
Phlox, Creeping
Rose Acacia
Rose, Memorial
St. Johnís Wort
Sumac, Fragrant
Sweet William
Wintercreeper

BANKS AND SLOPES GROUND COVER PLANTS WITH EVERGREEN FOLIAGE
Bugle
Candytuft
Euonymus
Junipers
Lily Turf
Mahonia, Creeping
Pachistima
Pine, Mugho
Spurge
Stonecrops
Thyme

BARRIER GROUND COVER PLANTS
Forsythia, Arnold Dwarf
Juniper
Mahonia, Creeping
Matrimony Vine
Quince, Alpine
Rose Acacia
Rose, Memorial
Sumac, Fragrant

GROUND COVER PLANTS THAT CAN BE MOWED OCCASIONALLY
Mother-of-Thyme
St. Johnís Wort
Speedwell, Creeping

GROUND COVER PLANTS AND ROCK GARDEN PLANTS:
Alyssum, Goldentuft
Alyssum saxatile
Babyís Breath
Bleeding Heart
Bugle, Curly
Bugle, Carpet
Candytuft, Evergreen
Chokeberry, Black
Coral Bells
Cotoneaster, Creeping
Cotoneaster, Cranberry
Cotoneaster, Rock or Ground
Creeping Charley
Crown Vetch
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