Ground covers as borders - Knowledgebase Question

Name: John Parker
Sandy Creek, NY
Question by john_13145
August 18, 1999
I want to plant various ground covers around and alone my hedge, bushes and trees to avoid having to trim when mowing the lawn. I want to use different ground covers around each different plant for variety visually.

Preferably ones that flower, the longer the better (i.e. spring thru fall).

I need something that crowds out weeds and grass so I don't replace trimming with pulling grass and weeds from between the cround cover. But not too invasive so they don't take over the whole lawn.

I'm putting them:
-along a 150 foot privet hedge (I just planted it in the spring of 1998 from bare root plants, but plan on letting it get 6-8 foot tall)
-around red maple trees (10 years old)
-around white birch trees (5 years old)
-along a short row of forsythia bushes
-in between a group of rose of sharon bushes
-around a stand of lilacs

What do you recommend for each application?


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Answer from NGA
August 18, 1999

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books. Two I particularly like are "Perennials for Dummies" by Marcia Tatroe (ISBN 0-7645-5030-6) and "Gardening for Dummies" by Michael MacCaskey (ISBN 1-566884-644-4). Both of these offer many planning suggestions and include sections on site analysis, soil preparation and plant selection. Good luck with your project! books. Two I particularly like are "Perennials for Dummies" by Marcia Tatroe (ISBN 0-7645-5030-6) and "Gardening for Dummies" by Michael MacCaskey (ISBN 1-566884-644-4). Both of these offer many planning suggestions and include sections on site analysis, soil preparation and plant selection. Good luck with your project!

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