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The Advantages of Planting Ground Covers
Ground covers are one of a gardener’s favorite tools. These mosses, ivies and other plants add variety to a landscape, grow in areas too shady for grass, prevent soil erosion, offer weed control and provide an attractive transition between shrubs and lawns. In addition to these useful benefits, they give beautification to any garden or yard.
Preventing Soil Erosion
Ground cover is particularly beneficial in steep sloping areas that are tough to mow and prone to erosion. These plants can hold soil and slow runoff, reducing erosion, and their leaves reduce soil compaction by absorbing the impact of falling raindrops. Water is further incorporated by organic matter, making ground cover particularly useful for areas that get plenty of rain.
Providing Weed Control
Your beloved plants deserve to grow and thrive without being choked by weeds, and ground cover provides a lovely solution. Planting ground cover is an attractive alternative to breaking your back trying to pull weeds when they spring up or applying potentially harmful chemicals to your garden beds, and it is useful. The carpet of vegetation created by ground cover stops weed seeds from germinating, and once it is established, it will generally spread quite freely and is easy to divide. This will give you a good stock of weed-preventing plants to use throughout your garden.
Beautification for Your Yard
Ground cover plants are hardworking and dependable, but they can also be quite beautiful and add texture, color or visual interest to your garden or flower bed. Whether you prefer a blousy and great variety or something sleek and low, an aromatic plant or one that tolerates foot traffic well, there is a ground cover for you. From flowering plants to those that thrive in the shade, the seemingly endless varieties of ground cover will all add beauty to your space.