Even if the name suggests that ground cover plants are only planted at ground level, the natural weed killers can be used in many ways: Whether in a perennial bed, along a stone wall or between the paving joints - the dense plant covers can grow anywhere and fill bare spots, so that wild herbs don't even germinate . And the best thing about it is that ground covers are not only practical, since many varieties are hardy and evergreen, but also beautiful to look at. Especially if you choose flowering perennials, shrubs or climbing plants. In the following we present five plant carpets that are equally suitable for the garden and terrace.
It is not without reason that this groundcover is called the carpet phlox, as the plants develop into a beautiful (in this case pink) carpet of flowers in the course of spring - well into June. The natural weed killer then remains evergreen and is therefore a beautiful sight all year round. It is also good to know that the groundcover is drought-resistant and hardy, which makes it an easy-care and undemanding plant. In addition, it prefers a sunny to partially shaded place in order to - in the truest sense of the meaning - achieve its full bloom.
Ivy is known for its stubbornness - making it an ideal ground cover for weed control. The hardy and evergreen climbing plant is particularly easy to care for, so all you have to do is watch the robust ivy with its adhesive roots develop into an impenetrable carpet of plants. As far as the location is concerned, the ground cover is uncomplicated: a shady spot is sufficient. It is also good to know that after a few years, ivy begins to form umbel-shaped flowers in late summer. These in turn serve as a source of food for bees and insects.
The blue cushion is particularly suitable for beds and rock gardens. The evergreen ground cover blooms between April and May - in all its glory. The prerequisite for this, however, is that you plant a large number of cushion flowers (9 - 12 per m²) so that an area-wide carpet of plants can develop. As far as the location is concerned, the hardy ground cover prefers a sunny spot. Accordingly, drought does not bother him much. It is also particularly nice that the blue cushion flower acts as a pasture for insects and bees, thus doing its service to people and nature.
Also known as the fat man, the Ysander is suitable as a ground cover against weeds due to its dense root runners. The densely growing plant usually gets small white flowers around May and thus also serves as a source of food for insects and bees, for the rest of the year it is green all the time. It is not without reason that Ysander is also referred to as shadow green, as it thrives particularly well in partially shaded and shady places. So that weeds don't stand a chance, you should plan at least nine individual plants per square meter for the ground cover - and a maximum of twelve.
The hardy cushion perennial is a real eye-catcher, as the flowers appear between May and September in a pink robe and then turn white. The insect-friendly ground cover is suitable for rock gardens, but also for greening areas. In order for the Spanish daisy to spread as quickly as possible and thus take over weeds, you should plant between nine and twelve plants per square meter in the ground. If possible in a sunny location, but a semi-shady place would also work if necessary.
If you decide to use a ground cover against weeds, you should consider the following steps in advance:
First, root weeds have a bad habit of spreading rapidly in the soil, even if there is only a tiny remnant left in the soil. It is therefore advisable to sift through the soil before planting - preferably with a digging fork and a garden sieve. So you can be confident that you haven't overlooked any roots. To be absolutely sure, you should cover the soil with some compost and wait a while to see if the weeds start to sprout again. If this is the case, you can remove the remains before planting the ground cover.
Second: If you want to create an impenetrable carpet of flowers in a short time, you should choose the smallest possible distances between the individual plants. Because: The greater the distance, the longer it takes for the ground cover to spread across the entire area - and thus no more weeds can grow back. As long as this is not the case, the unwanted wild herbs will continue to grow and have to be weeded out regularly. However, it is important that you stick to the recommended number of pieces per square meter that the relevant nursery specifies.
Third: When planting ground cover, remember that it takes time for them to grow together into a blanket carpet of flowers. Until then, the annoying weeds have an easy time of it - so it can make sense to put the plants in the ground as early as autumn. This gives them more time to spread their roots and to cover all the places where the unloved weeds normally spread until next spring. This lead is helpful but not necessary.
Source: My beautiful garden
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