How to Plant Ground Cover

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Rake
Materials Required
  • Ground cover plants
  • Fertilizer
  • Knee pads
  • Mulch
  • Step 1 : Prepare the soil

    Dig up the soil to remove any rocks and clumps and use a handheld forked trowel to finely work the soil.

  • Step 2 : Lay out the plants

    Lay out the location for the plants and space them about 12 inches apart in diagonal rows for a random growth pattern.

  • Step 3 : Plant in the soil

    Dig holes for the plants allowing them plenty of room to spread their roots and deep enough for them to have a sound foundation beneath the soil. Remove the plants from their containers being careful to contain their roots. Place each plant into the hole and cover it with soil. Compact the soil around them. Add fertilizer to each plant depending on how it should be applied. Add mulch to cover the ground around the plants.

  • Step 4 : Water with care

    Keep the new plants well watered during their first few weeks of planting. Watch them for growth spurts and keep them free of weeds.