When it comes to adding ground cover to your garden, there are a few options you can choose from. First, would be to till the soil and add seeds. The next would be to purchase enough plants to cover the entire area. The final option is to begin with plugs, which are individual seedlings of the plants you want to grow. Utilizing plugs is probably the best way for you to go, especially when you want to include several varieties of ground covering. One of the great thing about using plugs is that you can have a fully covered space in just a few months, and you don't need to go to all the work of planting an entire yard full of ground cover, or worrying that your seeds won't germinate properly. Once your plugs are in place, you'll just need to keep the area free of weeds, and keep the soil moist. Here are some steps you can follow that will help your new plugs thrive:
Prepare the Soil
When planting plugs, you don't want to till the soil. That will just leave you with soil that's too soft for your plugs to grow properly. It will also leave you with soil that's ripe for weed infestation. Instead, rake the area, remove the weeds, and give the soil a thorough watering. You'll want the soil to be moist when you begin planting your plugs.
Choose the Plug Spots
Once the soil is prepped, you'll be able to choose the location for each of your plugs. The best way to do that is to remove the plugs from their pods, and place them on the soil where you intend to plant them. This will allow you to get a visual idea of what your yard will look like once the plants take root. It will also allow you to space them properly before you begin digging the holes.
Plant the Plugs
After you've chosen the locations for each of your plugs, you'll need to start planting them. You'll want to plant them one at a time to make sure they're each properly cared for. The easiest way to dig the holes is with a bulb planter, or plug planter. These tools will give you the perfect hole for each of your plugs. Once you dig the hole, place the plug inside and carefully place soil around the base of the roots. Gently tap the soil down to ensure that the plug is firmly implanted. Continue that process with each plug. When all your plugs are in the ground, cover the area with mulch, and give it a good watering. Be sure to keep the soil moist while the plugs are taking root.
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