Ground covers are plants that provide dense soil cover, retard weed growth and prevent soil erosion. They come in a broad array of colors, textures and heights. They can be woody or herbaceous; evergreen or deciduous; clumping or trailing, as in vines. They help define a space – such as walkways, entries, or barriers. They add beautiful texture and color to an otherwise bland space.
Ground covers also reduce dust, moderate soil temperature, and conserve soil moisture for surrounding plants, and make outdoor living much more pleasant. Technically, turf grass is considered a groundcover and is widely used for this purpose. Other popular ground covers in the Phoenix area include the Yellow Dot, Tufted Evening Primrose, Trailing Desert Broom, Penstemon, Lantana, Ice Plant, Herbs, Bush Morning Glory, and Arizona Grape Ivy.
When it comes to using ground covers and vines, it is very important to look at the type of landscaping that you have; this will determine the type of covers and vines that will work well. For example, the location of the sun and the shade will affect where you start the covers or vines and will also determine the type of plants that you place there; those that need more sunlight will not grow very well in the shade.
When Ground Covers Are Best
If you want to look after the soil and prevent erosion, then the flowering ground covers and vines may not be the best option. This is when you will need to start thinking about the deep-root options. The deep-rooted plants will help prevent erosion from occurring, by holding the soil in place. These also add beauty to the lawn or garden and work extremely well on landscaping that contains slopes. Some ground covers also grow where no grass can thrive, such as shady areas, under trees, on steep banks, or other areas where mowing may be difficult.
There are many other options available when it comes to ground covers and vines. For example, low hedged bushes work extremely well for ground cover, especially for those who want something all year round. Ornamental grasses are also an excellent option if you want something unique for your lawn or backyard.
It is important to consider the above factors to find the best option for you when it comes to ground covers and vines. There are many exciting options available to consider when deciding your own particular needs and desired outcome. Envirogreen professional designers are happy to make recommendations based upon what you tell them you are wanting to achieve..