Ground cover?


Old 07-17-03, 11:48 AM
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Ground cover?

I have a section of our backyard which is heavily shaded due to large pines and oaks, since I probably will not be able to get grass to grow there I am looking at low ground cover plants (2-8"), what would you suggest? With the natural moss growing on part of the ground would it be better to just extend that with plants (or seed)? Would it be more wear resistant? Thanks for all your help.
Old 07-17-03, 02:38 PM
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When moss is growing, not much of anything else will grow. The soil is usually too compacted, bad pH, too little light, or some combination of these.

There are many plants that grow in varying degrees of shade: ferns, asiatic jasmine, impatiens, some liriopes, for instance.

You might benefit from a soil test to find out what if anything is needed to be added to the soil. The soil will need turning to loosen it. Adding gypsum will help break up the soil, if it a clay soil. You might check with a local nursery to see what is locally recommended for shade in your locale.

Of course, you could keep the moss.

Hope this helps.
Old 07-23-03, 05:34 AM
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That helps a lot.

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