Using Groundcovers in Your Yard

Using Groundcovers in Your Yard

Arizona is home to a variety of soils that possess different water requirements. Determining what soil type dominates your neighborhood, as well as local weather patterns, is key to ensuring favorable growing conditions. A full-service landscaping company is your best resource for obtaining this information. They have extensive knowledge about what it takes to not only grow trees, shrubs, and annuals but what it takes to ensure those plants thrive.

One of the best methods for achieving this is to select drought-resistant plants and groundcovers. These plants are low-maintenance and environmentally-friendly. There is especially a lot to love about groundcovers. According to the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA), they are “regarded as problem solvers that can be used to stabilize soil, minimize dust, and create shade. They can also be used to cool bare surfaces, create interest, and soften hardscapes.

These hardy plants grow from a few inches to a few feet high, and some can spread several feet wide, according to the AMWUA. Your landscaper can help you choose the appropriate groundcover for your yard, given its unique characteristics and orientation to the sun.

Groundcovers for Sun or Shade

Full or Reflected Sun Required

  • Bush Morning Glory
  • Damianita
  • Trailing Acacia

Full Sun Required

  • Blue Euphorbia
  • Creeping Germander
  • Gray Ice Plant
  • Lantana
  • Red Spike Ice Plant
  • Trailing Desert Broom
  • Trailing Gazania
  • Trailing Lantana
  • Trailing Rosemary

Partial Sun Required

  • Katie Ruellia
  • Myoporum
  • Saltillo Primrose
  • Tufted Evening Primrose
  • Yellow Dot

Caring for Groundcovers

Groundcovers are incredibly easy to maintain. They typically need little more than routine watering, mulching, fertilizing, and pruning. These requirements do vary depending on the plant type and age though. Most flourish with an installed drip irrigation system that gets to the roots. Some may benefit from a couple of inches of mulch, but not all plant types require this. A full-service landscaping company can provide you with information on fertilization and pruning requirements.

Contact a Full-Service Landscaping Company

Elite Landscaping and Sprinkler Repair has been servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the greater Phoenix metro area since 1982. Our mission is simple: to provide a high level of professional landscaping service to ensure complete customer satisfaction. As a full-service landscaping company, we provide landscape and sprinkler system design, installation, and repair. For more information about these and other services, please contact us at (602) 390-4645 today.

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