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Jun 11, 2020 7:55 PM CST
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Elmhurst, IL
I have a very bad weed problem in my back yard. I want to address this by planting ground cover. My yard is entirely in shade at least for part of the day.

1. I also have a very large section planted with pachysandra, which I really love. Unfortunately, my dogs are hard on it and so I'm looking for a sturdier replacement. I have about 14 vinca minor plants from a greenhouse nursery, and I'd like to plant some of the bald patches, but I'm afraid that the vinca minor will take over the pachysandra.

Is there another hardy "walk on" ground cover I could use in the bald patches of pachysandra that won't take over?

2. I've planted a Coral bells plant in one of the bare patches in the pachysandra, and it looks beautiful and seems to be thriving. Will that work out, do you think, the coral bells surrounded by pachysandra?

3. I'm thinking about buying Aubrieta seeds to cover a large amount of the (now) weeded area. I've read the instructions for planting Aubrieta and it seems that it is very hard to plant them outside, and that in mid-June I'm planting them somewhat late.

If I plant the Vinca minor close to the edge of the Aubrieta patch, will the vinca minor push out/kill the Aubrieta?

4. I'm also thinking about buying creeping thyme seeds and planting them .. would that be a better choice? Would it stand up to the vinca minor better? It seems easier to plant.

5. In the front of my house, I have a huge elm. It's bordered by the driveway, the street, the sidewalk and the property line. It's very hard to mow. I thought that might be a perfect place to put some vinca minor, but I'm afraid, again, that it might compete with the daffodils. Do I need to be worried?
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Jun 12, 2020 11:40 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Vinca minor is not a good choice because of the infestations of leaf rollers where i live in TX. Also the Vinca minor will block the daffodils from growing because it gets so thick. Your plans sounds very good, and I think you are making some very good choices with the groundcover. You can post a photo if you like, so we can get a look at what you are talking about.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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