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Groundcover needed for full shade.

Postby whiteteeth1972 » May 02, 2008 11:03 pm

I am looking for a fast growing ground cover to grow under my pool deck. The deck is about 4.5 feet off the ground and currently there is a mud pit underneath. Drainage is an issue. The dog loves to run through this area so I would like to plant something to make it less messy. Ideally I would like to lay gravel but it is not in the budget for this year. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am in zone 6.
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Postby whiteteeth1972 » May 03, 2008 7:05 am

I forgot to mention that my location is Kingston, Ontario.
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Postby Ian » May 03, 2008 7:45 am

I would suggest Japanese Spurge. "Google" to find out more info.

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Postby Lindamct » May 03, 2008 8:01 am

Google Periwinkle too for shade. :)
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Postby whiteteeth1972 » May 03, 2008 11:15 am

I have had periwinkle before at another home. It was really pretty and grew like crazy! I will have to investigate spurge too. Thanks!
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Postby DMG » May 03, 2008 11:30 am

I have had success with Vinca (Periwinkle) and Sweet Woodruff in shade as a groundcover. It still takes some time if you have a good sized area to cover, but it will do the job eventually. DMG
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Postby Lizcordysmum » May 03, 2008 5:51 pm

If you can't afford gravel and whatever you do plant takes awhile to cover the area, how about using bark mulch (NOT the chocolate, cocoa stuff, it is poisonous to dogs) for the interim? It will look okay/nice, and you can re use it by raking it off when you get gravel to fill in.
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Postby whiteteeth1972 » May 16, 2008 4:04 pm

I had bark chips there last year and removed them because the dog would eat them. Even though they aren't poisonous I can't imagine eating them in bulk like he did is good for him. I think I am just going to look into gravel. My husband is against planting anything there because he feels the moisture given off by plants will speed the rotting of the wood deck.
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Postby B_BQ » May 16, 2008 4:08 pm


Ajuga, (Bugleweed), is also a very good ground cover, and in the right conditions can spread really really fast!

I suppose some open wooden trellis work to cover up the opening is not in the budget! :wink: You could then plant some pretty climbers!

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Postby murphy » May 16, 2008 10:54 pm

I like sweet woodruff...delicate foliage and a nice little white bloom about this time of year.
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