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Ground Covers Prevent Weeds

Posted by Garden Delights Online Plant Nursery on

Ground Covers Helps Prevent Weeds Under Shrubs

Apart from pest control in your home and garden, prevention of intrusive weeds can be a bothersome and time consuming chore. Weed control isn't new, as even the most seasoned gardener is required to take certain measures against things like dandelions and English ivy. Thankfully, the steps to take against proper weed control are simple enough for even the beginning gardener.

Winterberry is a great ground cover

Shrubs just so happen to be one of the more common places for weed growth. Thanks to the shade and trapped moisture that shrubs tend to provide, it becomes increasingly difficult to prevent weeds from growing beneath their natural protection, especially as we get deeper into the hotter months of the year when seeds are aplenty and have long since taken root. Ground covers can be used to help prevent weed growth, even beneath shrubbery and trees.

Black ground covers are some of the most common and cost effective ways to prevent weeds. When placed correctly in your yard, even things as wildly grown as English ivy should not be a problem to prevent. These covers work by cutting off the weeds from sunlight, making it hard for them to grow without their natural resources. Since covers can also help prevent new weeds from taking root, whenever a stray seed situates itself upon the soil above the cover, this can also help cut them off from the nutrient rich soil that is intended to help keep all of your other plants healthy and thriving.

Blue periwinkle are known for their misleading appearance. Sprouting pretty, tiny blueish flowers at the start of the hotter seasons, periwinkle are definitely one of the more common types of weeds meant to invade the space of your garden and sap off your other plants nutrients. When implemented right, even something as widely grown as this can be prevented, since it will become apparent that if you did not plant it, it was not intended to be there to begin.

The first step to setting up covers, in order to help prevent overgrowth of weeds in your garden, is to moisten the soil where you would like to place the cover. Do this so that it is moist, but not to the point of being muddy. Afterwards, dig out all of the weeds you currently have and be sure to use a trowel to get them from the root. At this point, it's all a matter of covering the area you wish to protect with the black ground covers. If it's a particular shape, try cutting a piece to set there separately. To set it around things as shrubs and other likable plants, only cut holes in the covers and place it around them. For an attractive finish, cover the top with four inches of mulch.

Ground Covers Helps Prevent Weeds Plus Enhances Garden Plants

Ground covers can serve many purposes to the gardener. They not only add beauty and color to your existing space, but they can also serve as functioning plants for your yard. They come in a number of different colors, foliage shapes, sizes, annuals and perennials and can be used in areas where the grass does not grow. They can be used to help stabilize soil and prevent erosion in areas too steep to mow and serve as the mulch around trees, shrubs, and bulbs to retain moisture and eliminate weeds. English Ivy, Vinca Minor, Pachysandra, and Hens and Chicks serve as beautiful ground covers in your yard.

English Ivy

This Ivy is a woody, evergreen vine. The leaves are alternate (heart shaped with pointy ends in younger plants and more broad and rounded in mature plants). The leaves have a bumpy texture with a dark blue color from October-May and greenish yellowish flowers in June-October. The ivy grows in clusters and can be used as ground cover or to climb trees, houses, and trellises.

Vinca Minor

Also known as Periwinkle, this plant has smooth, evergreen leaves with long, trailing stems. It blooms tubular, lavender flowers in the Spring and continues into the fall. It can grow up to 6 ft tall and is good for ground cover in bulb beds etc., and helps with soil erosion.

Pachysandra

It is a high evergreen ground cover. It has oval shaped stem ends and blooms tiny white flowers in the Spring. It is high as a cover under pine trees, large spreading trees, back of buildings and other areas where shade prevents the grass from growing. It works well for deterring deer and eliminates grass cutting and weeding.

Hens and Chicks

This succulent evergreen plant adds color and texture to your yard or garden. It resembles an artichoke plant with hairy pointed leaves and its wide flat bloom. The larger rosettes are called the "hens" and the smaller rosettes that spring up from them are called the "chicks." This plant sprouts reddish-pink flowers in the summer and comes in a variety of colors, such as deep, bold red, steel blue, and bi-color. It is a great deer deterrent and is great for ground cover, rock gardens, and anywhere else there is plenty of sun.

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