ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

oklahoma, Ok
Question by msbettyok
May 3, 2009
is there a ground cover that will replace grass. that requires no mowing, only triming borders.as i age it becomes harder to maintain nice lawn


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Answer from NGA
May 3, 2009

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Liriope is one of the most versatile, easy-to-care-for ground covers you can plant in Oklahoma. There is a wide choice of liropes with varying foliage color, flower color and size. Although it is grown for its foliage, liriope produces beautiful flower spikes in mid to late summer.

Liriope is a tough ground cover that can be used in part shade to areas with almost full sun. This grasslike plant is extremely drought-tolerant and grows in a wide range of soils. Liriope does need adequate drainage and will not survive where the soil stays wet for long periods. It is evergreen, and it spreads gradually by underground rhizomes, making liriope easy to divide and move to new places in the yard.

A close cousin of liriope is mondo grass (Ophiopogon species), sometimes called monkey grass outside Oklahoma. Mondo grass needs more shade than liriope. It is smaller and works well in smaller spaces or used as a short edging.

Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens) Very low growing--generally only 2" to 4" tall. A low-growing evergreen that has small white flowers in summer followed by red berries in winter. Likes any well-drained sandy or loamy soil. Grows in full shade to part shade. Likes to be watered regularly. Will wilt if it gets too dry but bounces back if you don't let it stay wilted for more than a day or so. Native in our woodlands.

Hope these suggestions help!

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