PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Gardeners can get creative this gardening season by mixing up the choice of ground covers. Pachysandra and ivy may be classic ground covers, but adding unexpected choices like mint, strawberries, or winter wheat can give a garden a brand new feel.
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Plant mint in the spring or fall when the fear of frost is over. Mint can be very invasive, so if space is a concern, gardeners will want to make sure to include a barrier to prevent it from spreading too far. When planting this fast growing plant, an area with partial shade or full sun should be selected, and planted with a fertile, composted soil.
Strawberry plants are low maintenance, but do like lots of sunshine. Plant strawberry plants about two feet apart. When plants reproduce they do so with"runners," or a vine growing from the plant that takes hold in the soil. Because strawberries bear a huge harvest gardeners will want to continuously pick the fruits and be able to do so easily, so consider ease of access to these plants.
Winter wheat is a crop planted in the fall that sprouts before freezing occurs and then remains dormant until soil warms in early spring. This time frame allows for good root development: plant too early and these plants could be susceptible to late summer insects, plant too late and the plants may not overwinter well.
Plant winter wheat in late September to late October. This plant will take root quickly and begin a rapid growth cycle, while overtaking fall weeds. In cold temperatures winter wheat will become dormant for a period of time.
As spring arrives, winter wheat enters a period of growth. Turning this newly grown winter wheat into the soil creates a green manure and provides nutrients. If left to grow it acts as great livestock forage and weed control.
All ground covers should be provided with essential nutrients. Fresh compost can be mixed into the soil before planting to ensure a healthy and rich soil for growing ground covers.
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