How to Use Groundcover in Your Landscaping

In Summer on July 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Written by gtadmin20
Ground cover

Groundcovers truly live up to their name but they actually do a lot more than just cover bare soil. In this post we will go over where and why you should use groundcover for your landscaping.

Groundcovers can be used in a variety of situations and will add year-round beauty to your landscape. The most commonly used groundcover in today’s landscapes is turfgrass. Turfgrass is great at covering large areas but groundcover will cover soil in almost every conceivable place. Other groundcovers may provide solutions to a landscaping challenge or just add a bit of much needed texture and color. You should try groundcovers where lawn grass either won’t grow or is too difficult to maintain.

Here’s what to look for:

You will want to select groundcover based on their ability to add year-round beauty. Some groundcovers die back to the ground in the winter, exposing bare soil. If you do not want your lawn to have that look every winter, choose evergreen groundcovers.


Groundcovers can also be used as transitions between the lawn and taller plants or trees. Groundcovers are great at creating visual guides and traffic barriers to define space. Some even withstand foot traffic, which is great for filling in between stepping stones or even be used as a lawn substitute. To fill spaces between pavers and stepping stones, choose plants that stay short and thrive in gravel or sandy soil.

Compared to a lawn, ground covers offer many more advantages. For one you don’t need to mow groundcovers, there’s little weeding, and there will be very little watering or fertilizing once the plants are established. When you plant them in large areas, groundcovers can give you the openness of a grassy lawn but with more texture. You can even layer them to add some dimension to those areas.

When covering large areas groundcovers tend to slow the movement of rainwater down a slope and the roots help bind the soil and absorb moisture, preventing erosion. Drought-tolerant plants tend to do best since hillsides are often windy and sunny and difficult to water. Plus, there’s barely any actual work to do, so you don’t have to worry about slipping as you tend the plants.

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