If you have some trouble spots in your yard that grass
won't grow but you would like some ground cover.
Cory Malles has some answers in today's Hands on Gardening.
In today's Hands on Gardening, I'm joined by Steve
Huntzicker from the UW Extension Office.
Today, we're talking about ground cover.
Steve you can basically
divide that into two categories
the moist, shady ground covers and the dry ground
Yes let's start by talking about the shaded areas
that it's tough to get our landscape plants to grown
and maybe our turf grass doesn't grow well there.
We can think about hastas, of course.
Many people add those to the landscape.
We can also talk about Carpet Bugle as being a nice
low growing plant that;s going to take up a lot of
And Lily of the Valley is a really good plant.
It can be invasive if we let it get away from us,
so we want to confine it to that area.
It can really fill and take over an area nicely.
And you really want to keep these plants moist because
they thrive on that.
But the downside of that is the moisture can bring
in slugs and some of those other insects that damage
the leaves when we keep these areas moist, so we do
need to keep moisture in these areas for them to thrive.
Okay how about the dry areas?
For the drier areas many people think of the Junipers
that we have as low growing.
We see them on the sides of hills or rocky areas where
they grow in between the rocks.
They work nicely in those areas just a good cover
Wine Leaf Sinfoil can be another one that we can bring
Moss Flock is another plant that grows a little more
color with it and can carpet or lay into an area,
These are some of the choices you can look at if you're
deciding if you have a lot of shady areas or a lot
of dry areas.
Some really good ideas there if you can't quite get
that grass to grow in those shady areas.
That is today's Hands On Gardening.