Tired of seeding, watering, mowing, feeding and weeding your lawn and still only coming up with mixed results? Trying replacing some or all of it with ground cover.
"Ground cover" is the term landscapers use for plants that propagate easily with a low profile, and which generally takes much less care and add nice variety to a yard.
The granddaddy of ground covers is ivy, pictured, which grows well in shade. Although it creeps along the ground and covers large areas quickly, it also climbs trees and houses, and can do some damage. Cut it away from branches and trunks because it can eventually smother them. Roots that get into the mortar in a brick house can cause cracks and other damage.
Mondo grass flourishes in shade to partial sun. This tall, showy grass is often used as borders and to accent other ground covers.
Liriope thrives in shade, grows two to four inches tall and produces violet flowers in late spring. Asian jasmine is a fast grower — after reaching 12 to 18 inches, it should be cut back to four inches once a year to keep it tidy.
These articles appeared in the Dallas Voice â€“ Great Spaces print edition April 18, 2008.