Ground Cover Plant Maintenance
Choosing the right ground cover plant takes time and effort. Once productive we need to maintain them to keep them useful and healthy.
There are many kinds of ground cover to choose and it is a good alternative to grass. They do not require mowing, but they do have to be maintained by weeding watering, feeding, and pruning to be healthy.
Once you have chosen the plants that suit you and your soil type and have achieved the desired effect for your landscaping. You have cared for them with TLC and therefore you now have established plants that look just the way you had hoped they would, now is the time to consider how to care for them properly so that they will thrive for many years.
In the early part of spring, a round of nitrogen fertilizer will bring an exhilarance of growth. Apply the fertilizer when the plants are dry and water deeply. It is suggested that a complete slow release fertilizer should be added in the fall, and watered into the soil. This will help the hardiness of your plants during the cold months.
* Pruning is necessary and should be done in the fall or spring; this will encourage spring and summer growth.
* Water when needed. To encourage foliage growth water deeply. This will bolster deep root growth and a healthy plant.
* Apply pest control only if bugs actually exist, identify the insect and ask a professional about the proper spray. It is not advised to use chemicals when the ground cover is flowering.
* Dividing the plants in order to multiply or propagate dig the plant up and divide the clump of roots with a knife or shovel into several pieces. Plant the cuttings in areas that are sparse.
* Layering can propagate many ground covers. English ivy and juniper will layer naturally. Start layering in the spring by staking the stem to the soil. Four to six-inch landscape staples work well. Place a few inches of soil over the stems and water well. It will root into the foil after a few weeks. This new plant can be moved to another location.
Check your ground cover every once in a while. Grooming may be needed to keep them in top condition. Overcrowding is a problem that reduces the air circulation and will bring about disease. Prune or thin these overcrowded growths. Avoid cutting flat or like you would cut a hedge, this will cause too much branching and crowding.
Long living landscape plants and ground covers are most often neglected because we assume they are thriving. When in truth, you may have waited too late to save a declining group of plants. It is best in the long run to take time routinely to groom and feed your plants, and they in return will give you many years of beauty.