Use low perennials of low growth and shrubs to cover slopes and rough soil or to replace expensive maintenance gardens. Choose plants that grow well on your soil and climate.

First calculate the number of plants you need. Separate them so that the distance between them is approximately or equal to their maximum width. If they take too long to grow reduces the distance a little. With the right space, most of the so-called "ground cover" will extend and cover the entire surface between them for the third harvest season. To know the maximum width of these plants check with experienced gardeners or reference books. Here is the process of planting them correctly.

Tools and Materials

  • Tools for removing herbs such as hoes, forks, plastic sheeting and herbicides.

  • Steel rakes.

  • Water and hose.

Prepare the soil. Remove all herbs and grass from the area before planting. For larger areas use glyphosate herbicide, pruning, soil solarization, or some other method to clear the area of ​​any type of weed. Place the clear or clear plastic cover over the clear and moist earth (so that the sun's rays can penetrate and heat the earth). Seal the edges with more soil and leave the plastic there for 4 to 6 weeks.

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Plantation. Water the plants thoroughly a few hours before planting. If the herbs are strong, consider covering the earth with waterproof fabric. Transplant each from your pot without pulling the stems. Untwist the roots gently with your fingers. Place them in the holes so that they grow on the same level as the soil in which they grew in the pots. Separate roots and refill. Press the plant gently into place.

Watering and cover. Well water the plants after planting so that the soil settles. Spread 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch, like crushed crust. If you are going to use waterproof fabric, cover it with 1 to 2 inches. Keep bark at least 6 inches away from plant stems. It preserves evenly moist soil until the plants regain their vigorous growth, usually after one or two growing seasons. It starts the herbs as soon as they grow and replaces the mulch whenever necessary.

It prevents the growth of herbs by putting a waterproof cloth. Overlap the edges a few inches and attach to the ground with suitable plastic wires or dowels. This fabric is best if used with shrubs, but not with perennials with a progressive tendency. To plant, make two cross cuts in the fabric with a sharp knife, lift the fins, and plant through the opening.

Accelerate the growth of the silts by spreading granulated fertilizer or fertilizer on the plantation area . Choose a fertilizer formulated for your plants and follow the directions appropriately.

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