Ground covers are exactly what they sound like--plants that grow along the ground and cover large areas with little effort. They are ideal for areas of the yard that are rocky, have uneven surfaces, or are for some reason unsuitable for growing other plants. There are several main varieties of ground cover.
Turf grass is one of the most basic ground covers available. This includes any traditional lawn grass that grows a thick thatch, or carpet, rather than tall, willowy stems like decorative grasses. Different turf grasses require different conditions and grow well in different areas. Examples of turf grass are bermuda, crabgrass and St. Augustine.
Ivy is a natural ground cover due to its growing style. As a rule, ivy is hardy and thrives in almost any environment. There are many types of ivy, so the plant is available in a wide range of colors and variations. Because ivy is so aggressive, it requires consistent pruning to keep it controlled.
Moss is a form of plant life that thrives in any condition in the wild. It stays green year-round and requires very little soil for growing. This small plant will cover anything in its way and can add delicate, graceful touches to the yard. There is no mowing or pest control with moss.
Dichondra is a type of vine that grows along the ground, much like ivy, and produces broad, circular leaves that are very dark green in color. This ground cover builds a thick carpet and is highly resistant to diseases. It grows in many places that won't support more difficult ground covers such as grass.
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