Whether to protect your soil, beautify your landscape or encourage the healthy growth of larger plants, there are many advantages to planting ground covers. Read on for more details about how ground covers can improve your garden or yard.
Soil Protection and Improvement
Drought and wind can blow valuable topsoil out of your garden. Low-lying round covers like black foot daisy, Mexican evening primrose and other primrose varieties produce small flowers on fast-growing stems that need little water. The plants hold soil in place and reduce dust. They also help retain moisture, which can help other plants in the area.
Wet soils also need protection and improvement. Ground covers break up compacted soils and help absorb standing water. Choose ground covers like manzanita, a low-height, flowering evergreen or varieties of moss.
During the winter months, gardeners in cold climates have an opportunity to improve their overworked soil throughout the winter by growing nutrient-providing cover crops. Cold weather cover crops like Austrian winter peas, or hairy vetch, grow throughout the winter months. In the spring, they are turned over to improve the soil, just like other manures.
Plants are opportunistic. Even the most troubling part of a garden can soon find an inhabitant if left unattended. Ground covers suppress weeds, helping to keep your garden lush and well-maintained.
When placed between specimen plants, ground covers serve as a neutral backdrop. They can also be set for contrast. Landscapers rely on fast-growing ground covers while waiting for other plants and flowers to become established. Gardeners know how to improve landscapes, and one sure way is to plant ground covers.
Ground covers are a wise investment for your yard or garden because they serve many purposes at once. From improving soils, to absorb excess water, to enhancing garden aesthetics. Ground covers are landscapers' secret weapons.