Landscape Ground Covers
In this article, we will be looking at landscape ground covers. What is landscape ground covers and how can we benefit from them?
Ground cover explained
landscape ground covers are plants that are used to
- Fill in empty spaces and create a beautiful design under tall trees, palms, and other features such as garden lights and so on.
2. Ground covers are also used to block out weeds, hence the name ground cover.
3. Is used sometimes instead of mulch.
4. Can be used to make words as a garden showpiece, for example creating the word welcome.
5. Can be used instead of grass.
6. Help to prevent water loss.
7. Help to prevent soil erosion.
So we can see that there are many benefits to making these plants a part of your landscape and garden design.
Here are five ground covers that can give your garden design that WOW.
Vines and ground covers can also add that touch of flavor to your landscape. Here are a few which will work wonders.
1. Lantanas makes a great ground cover, I have worked with lantanas and found them to do very well. These plants come in an array of colors and attract butterflies, they are low maintenance and can grow really well in little water. Pest problems include mealybugs, lace bugs, mites, aphids, whiteflies, and lantana leaf blotch miners.
Control pest by using insecticidal soap sprays. Diseases of lantanas include botrytis blight and powdery mildew that is caused by a fungus. Powdery mildew appears as a white substance on the leaves of lantanas. The plant also loses leaves, leaves are deformed.
Prune infected parts and apply a fungicide. Lantanas are drought tolerant and over watering may cause root rot, allow the soil to dry out, and apply a fungicide drench will cause your plant to bounce back. Fertilize lantanas with bloom booster or triple 10. read and follow the labels when applying chemicals and fertilizers because the label is the law.
2. Portulacas are great and can survive the salt sprays. This ground cover grows very dense and shoots small beautiful flowers. This is a low maintenance plant that can survive on small amounts of water. Portulacas are attacked by a fungus that causes the plant to become diseased with root rot, white rust.
use of a fungicide will bring this problem under control. Aphids are a known pest and applying insecticidal sprays will bring this garden insect pest under control. Fertilize with triple 1o.
3. Sea Purslane is great and really do their job, this ground cover spreads really well and can completely cover your garden area, care should be taken when installing. Plant in masses around palm trees, the flowers are small and may not be that showy but it adds to the overall garden design. Sea purslane can survive on very little water. Sea purslane has no known pest problems.
4. Geranium Ivy is a wonderful showy plant, I have worked with these plants over the years and in my opinion, they bring that soft touch. This plant is very delicate and should be handled with care. Geranium is often planted in hanging baskets and can be placed on porches or patios. Make sure that the soil is moist, allow the plant to dry out a bit, and then water again.
The main pest problem includes aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies. Using a liquid soap spray will get the job done. The fungus causes a disease known as grey mold, dying flowers, or drying leaves begin to rot once the rain and cold set in. Remove diseased parts and apply a fungicide, fertilize with a light application of bloom booster. Follow the label when applying chemicals and fertilizers, because the label is the law.
5. English Ivy makes a good ground cover, these plants are known as climbers and can do wonders for your garden area but be careful because this plant grows vigorously and can take over your garden. It is best to plant them by themselves or under tall trees.
Ivies can survive on small amounts of water. Graden pest problems include mealybugs, aphids, scales, and spider mites. The use of insecticidal soap will get rid of these pests.
Botrytis blight is caused by a fungus, signs include grey fuzzy mold that causes dead patches to appear on leaves and stems, the upper parts of stems, and eventually, the whole plant dies. Prune infected plant and thin for proper air circulation. Apply a fungicide, bacterial leaf spot signs include dark patches on wet leaves, the patches turn brown and forms a yellow cycle around spots, stems will dry up, and then death sets in.
Remove diseased parts and thin plant for proper air circulation and then apply a fungicide. Be careful not to overwater because root rot may occur, decrease watering and drench the soil with fungicide. Fertilizer with triple 20, triple 10, etc.. follow the label and apply fertilizers and chemicals as directed.
The final word
Ground covers are an excellent choice, why not choose them to be an overall part of your garden and landscape design?
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.