Groundcovers

Wet Soil- Recommended Plants and Ground Cover

Q: We have a water detention facility running through our backyard. A lot of our yard is unusable due to soggy soil. Can you suggest a ground cover that we could use to soak up water enough to walk and...

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English Ivy – Substitutes

Q: I’m looking to replace beds of English ivy with something less intrusive and more controllable. My main objective is ground cover/ground stabilization. The replacement needs to thrive in the same lighting conditions that my ivy does so well in...

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Moss – Control

Q: I am having a problem with my fescue lawn. I bought the house about a year ago and have since applied many bags of lime (about fifteen for 4,000 sq. ft.) and fertilizer. It appears now that there is...

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Cypress Mulch vs Hardwood Mulch

Q: I would like to apply mulch to my garden(s), but I’m a bit confused. I never liked pine bark mulch because it blows away too easily, so I always used hardwood mulch. Now I have also found cypress mulch....

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Shamrock (Oxalis) – Care

Q: Can I plant my St. Patrick’s day oxalis outside? If so what are the requirements? A: As you note, the common St. Patrick’s Day shamrock is actually an oxalis, typically Oxalis regnellii. I have some growing under an old...

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New House – Pine Straw

Q: We recently bought a newly constructed house. Why is there a row of pine straw between the house and where they stopped laying sod going down both sides of the house? A: It may have something to do with...

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Scotch Moss – Planting

Q: I plan to plant Scotch moss between the stones in my patio. What kind of soil preparation should I do? A: Scotch Moss (sometimes called Irish moss), Sagina subulata, isn’t really a moss but it has the green, low-growing,...

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Wood Chips – Fast Decomposition

Q: Recently I saw you on “Gardening In Georgia” on GPB. You showed a lady how to turn wood chips into compost in six months vs. two years. What was the recipe that you used? A: We scattered 10-10-10 on...

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Groundcover Beds- Sprouting

Q: I have a problem with acorns dropping in my groundcover beds. Would a pre-emergent inhibit their sprouting in spring? We spend soooo much time on our hands and knees pulling oak “babies”. A: Weed expert Dr. Mark Czarnota says...

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Pine Straw- Removal

Q: I have removed all pine straw from around my house and plan to replace it. How much of a gap should I leave between the house and the straw? A: All mulch should be kept twelve inches away from...

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Fescue Lawn- Moss Combat

Q: I have approximately three thousand square feet of fescue lawn. It has lots of moss. I want to put eight hundred pounds of pelletized lime on it to combat the moss. Is that too much? A: I hope you...

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English Ivy- Good/Bad

Q: Last week you discussed controlling English ivy. But I have ivy growing up my house and I rather like the way it looks. It gives me shade and privacy. Is this a bad thing? Will it hurt the house?...

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English Ivy- Dieback

Q: What could cause dieback of our English ivy beds? We have lived in this house for about six years and the groundcover has always been healthy until this past summer. A: English ivy can be affected by fungal or...

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Ivy Growth- Harm

Q: Will ivy growing up a tree kill the tree? A: English ivy is not a parasite, so it does not suck sap from a tree. Instead, it intercepts sunlight before it hits the tree leaves. Once ivy grows along...

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Manure and chips – Spreading

Q: My husband and I are having a debate He wants to mix tree chips with horse manure and spread it on the raw dirt in our backyard to get it ready for grass seed or sod. I think the...

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Landscaping – Pinestraw

Q: This spring we are doing our own landscaping. I am curious how the landscapers manage to make the pinestraw around trees and shrubs look like it’s mounded and rounded around the edges. A: Locally it’s known as “The Post...

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Pine straw – Weed control

Q: We have a large area covered in pine straw. Roundup is fine for spot killing the weeds but what do you recommend to lay down for more control of weeds? A: If there are trees or shrubs in the...

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Groundcovers – Soggy soil

Q: I’m looking for groundcovers that tolerate soggy soil. A: Several spreading plants grow reasonably well in wet soil. Creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’), variegated Japanese sedge (Carex morrowii ‘Variegata’), sweet flag (Acorus gramineus ), and bugleweed (Ajuga reptans )...

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