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Two Easy Ground Covers You Can Grow (2 videos)

Vinca Will Do it All

Sun or shade, vinca will grow handsomely, spreading up to ten feet, not needing watering after the first few months, and choking out 80 to 90 percent of the weeds.

Sounds perfect? Watch out, vinca can also take over and march up the side of your house.

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11:47AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Great idea:Hostas can't survive the hot summers in my city,but if I can find vincas I'll buy some.Thanks for sharing

4:13PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for the great idea!

1:18PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

The best thing to do is do an internet search for "alternative to grass in (name your state)" or "grass substitute in (name your state)" or "ground cover for (name your state)". That way you'll be getting what's native, what looks nice, what's easy to care for, and what's not going to kill your neighbor's yard or cause other problems.

3:10PM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

Good information and comments. Thank you.

10:47AM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

Great information. Thank you, Both useful and practical.

3:11AM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

I have some hostas but the slugs around here devour them. Thanks very much for the useful videos Chris. If I ever did want to plant vincas, I'd have a first rate example of what to do right here on your blog! :o))

2:48PM PDT on Jul 23, 2010

I have no problem with hostas, but suggesting vinca is irresponsible. This is an invasive species and has no place in a conscientious garden. It is considered a significant threat in my state, and I have worked to eradicate it in parks and farms. It often requires herbicides to get rid of entirely. If you live in Kentucky may I suggest Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen, checkerberry), or any of our many native grasses and sedges.

2:59PM PDT on Jul 19, 2010

Thanks

10:49AM PDT on Jul 19, 2010

Native plants are great but be sure to purchase only nursery propagated stock. This can get quite expensive. I believe the most important things are to avoid wild-collected natives, invasive "exotics", and in general plants not suited to your climate/growing conditions. I do grow hostas in addition to native ferns and gingers- the shade and cover they provide is greatly relished by snakes, chipmunks, and toads and the blossoms are visited by hummingbirds and all manner of bees.

5:34AM PDT on Jul 18, 2010

Thanks for the post.

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