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Larger areas require plants that don’t require as much care. Flowering plants are fine for small areas, but when planted in large quantities they can quickly become cumbersome. Choosing low-maintenance, non-flowering plants such as Juniperus horizontalis “Creeping Juniper” or Juniperus sabina “Savin Juniper” prevent weeds and allows more time to tend to the decorative flowering plants interspersed throughout the garden. When planting, ensure that the juniper plants are densely packed to prevent the possibility of weeds growing between.

If the garden exists in an area with low sunlight, choose plants that thrive in these areas. For larger areas over 50 square feet choose plants that don’t flower such as Paxistima cambyi “Mountain Lover.” For smaller areas, choosing flowering plants helps add an extra level of color. Lamiastrum galeobdolon “Archangel” provide a touch of yellow to the garden, Convallaria majalis “Lily-of-the-valley” adds white and Ajuga reptans “Carpet bugle” creates blue, pink, white and purple flowers.

Cover crops provide a thick, dense mulch that prevent weeds from growing. Gardeners may plant peas, beans or soybeans to help keep out weeds and provide the necessary nitrogen to the ground soil. However, they won’t live through extremely cold seasons. Winter wheat and rye also provide good options, though they are best suited for hilly areas since they have a tendency to grow high. One of the best options for cover crops are Trifolium “Clovers.” They withstand temperature change well and effectively prevent weeds from growing.

Ground Cover Plants for Small Areas

Choose ground cover plants for small areas such as Achillea ageratifolia “Greek Yarrow,” Artemisia schmidtiana “Silver Mound” and Sedum spurium “Stonecrop.” These plants provide excellent cover, withstand temperature changes and are easy to maintain. They also don’t grow very high or fast so it isn’t necessary to worry about the plants becoming invasive. Any densely growing plant that grows less than 6 tall inches provides an excellent choice for smaller areas. Using smaller plants makes it possible to keep the garden looking uniform and prevents spillovers into other areas of the yard.

Before planting ground cover plants make root out any existing weeds. Also, decide on the type of ground cover plant to use. Each situation requires a different type of plant. For instance, if the ground appears fairly level use short, low-growing plants. For areas that have steep slopes, high-growing plants work best. Traffic destroys ground plants so install a walkway through the plants before planting. Finally, work 3 cubic yards of compost into the soil for each 1,000-square-foot area to improve the soil.

Dense cover crops and ground cover plants help prevent weeds from growing and provide a lush background for ornamental flowers. Several types of ground cover plants provide the necessary coverage to prevent weeds, but be careful when choosing a plant as many of them are invasive or require significant amounts of maintenance. Generally, any plant that grows low and less than 24 inches tall works as a suitable option for ground cover.

Ground Cover Plants for Large Areas

Steven Miller graduated with a master's degree in 2010. He writes for several companies including Lowe's and IBM. He also works with local schools to create community gardens and learn environmentally responsible gardening. An avid gardener for 15 years, his experience includes organic gardening, ornamental plants and do-it-yourself home projects.

Plants that stop weeds growing

Does landscape fabric or weed barrier cloth work for preventing weeds? Good question! These materials are supposed to be laid on the soil surface to prevent weeds. Ideally, they would be covered with a layer of mulch and any plants – like shrubs or trees – would be planted in a hole cut in the fabric. The problem is that weeds can still grow on top of the fabric because as the mulch breaks down it creates a growing medium for weeds. Plus, aggressive perennial weeds, like goutweed or Japanese knotweed can eventually poke through landscape fabrics.

Landscape fabrics are said to allow water to pass through to the roots of your plants, but I’ve found that water runs off quickly with little penetrating the tightly woven fabrics. This leaves the roots of your trees, shrubs, and perennials dry and the plants prone to drought damage. I have seen weed barrier and landscape fabrics be effective when used in outdoor pathways and patios where they were then covered with a thick layer of pea gravel. Generally though, they cause more garden problems than they solve.

Bare soil is an invitation to weeds. No matter what type of garden you’re growing, cover bare soil with mulch or plants to limit weeds. In a shrub or perennial garden where plants are spaced to allow for growth, use bark mulch or a similar material. In my vegetable garden, I use shredded leaves, straw mulch, or interplant to create a living mulch. Interplanting is simply planting more than one type of crop in the same space. Between slower growing crops like tomatoes or broccoli, I plant quick growing crops like arugula or leaf lettuce. By the time the slower growing plants need the space, the greens have been harvested.

In small spaces, you can also plant annual flowers, vegetables, and herbs in containers. There are many types of containers available at garden centres and online in a wide selection of sizes, styles, and materials. When you garden in pots you’re planting in sterilized potting mix, not garden soil and that means fewer weeds.

9 – Water smart for a weed free garden

Collinear hoe – If you prefer long-handled tools, you may be interested in a collinear hoe. I have the 3 3/4 inch collinear hoe from Johnny’s Selected Seeds and it makes very quick work of surface weeds.

Have you ever bought or been given a new plant only to discover there were weed roots or seeds hiding in the soil? That’s how I got goutweed in my flower border. Frustrating! Before you introduce new plants to your garden, give them a good ‘once over’. Check the soil surface for any signs of weeds and if they came from a neighborhood plant sale, which can increase your chances of weeds, break apart the root ball. I’ve learned what goutweed roots look like (fleshy, white or light brown that break apart easily) and checking the soil allows me to inspect for invasive weeds like goutweed.

Of course, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Certain weeds, like dandelions, purslane and lamb’s quarters are edible and popular with foragers. Weeds can also attract and support beneficial insects and pollinators. For this reason, I happily let dandelions bloom in the ‘wild’ areas around my property.

4 Tools for a weed free garden:

Having the right tools for weeding can make this dreaded chore quick and easy. In my main garden, I like to use a hand weeder like the short-handled Cobrahead, but with the low beds in my greenhouse, it’s more comfortable to use a stand up tool like a long-handled collinear hoe. Here are my essential weeding tools:

A weed is generally defined as any unwanted plant. Common garden weeds include dandelions, purslane, lamb’s quarters, bindweed, and pigweed. Weeds compete with plants for water, sunlight, and nutrients, but they can also harbor pests or diseases. Many weeds, like lamb’s quarters also produce a huge volume of seeds so if allowed to set seed in your garden you may find yourself pulling them out for many years.

Plants that stop weeds growing

Ground cover plants are all-around problem-solvers: They retain moisture, control erosion, and provide habitat for pollinators like bees and butterflies. While grass is typically the best way to fill out empty space, sometimes low-growing plants are a better — and prettier — option. There are so many options to choose from, including old favorites like Pachysandra and Vinca, as well as small shrubs, perennials, and annuals.

Fix your garden’s trouble spots with these low-growing perennials, annuals, and shrubs.

To make sure your ground covers get the job done (ya know, dressing up your landscape), follow the instructions on their plant care tag to give them the right conditions. FYI: Full sun means an area gets 6+ hours of direct sunlight per day, part sun is anywhere from 3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight, and full shade is up to 3 hours of sun. If you’re planting a shrub or perennial that you want to last from one year to the next, make sure it’s suited according to your USDA Hardiness Zone (find yours here). And remember that although these ground cover plants are extremely tolerant, they still need to be watered during dry spells for the first year or two until their root systems are well-established.