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Farm, Garden and The Land => Permaculture, Land Management and Foraging => Topic started by: James on April 11, 2017, 11:43:06 PM

Title: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: James on April 11, 2017, 11:43:06 PM
Hey, guys. 
So...  My parents (suburban, but very forested) had a few trees removed from their front "yard" and now that sunlight can reach the ground, "weeds" are popping up.  And they don't want them. 

Short version, are there any plants that they could spread seed for that would create a low ground cover in this newly-exposed area?  It's the height that's bugging them (tall dandelions, e.g.), so I need to find something low-growing that can tolerate some shade (when summer comes and the remaining trees have leaves). 

I'm looking into this, but if anyone has suggestions, thanks in advance. 
Ivy?  Creeping thyme?  Hell, transplanting moss might work... maybe? 
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: Cedar on April 12, 2017, 04:28:33 AM
What USDA growing zone are they I ? How large of an area? Rainfall amounts? Able to work the ground? Or are you working with slash, roots and stumps. Clay soil? Surf?

Cedar
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: surfivor on April 12, 2017, 08:31:31 AM
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Clay soil? Surf?

If the conditions are right, maybe white clover, Find suppliers that sell in bulk at decent prices

 
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Creeping thyme?

 I have thyme in my yard that is holding it's own against the grass but it is not spreading very fast. Some mints seems less invasive than others. Pepermint seems to go crazy, I am not sure if catnip is quite the same .. I have spearmint that has not spread but it may be in partial shade
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: Carl on April 12, 2017, 09:38:55 PM
How about GRASS SEED?
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: keebler on April 13, 2017, 04:51:23 AM
1. Get a soil sample find the county agent see if they can test it.
2 what strength fertilizer will help the best  IE 10.10.10.
3 Grass seed and Straw/hay over it  Water it.
keebler.
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: Cedar on April 13, 2017, 07:11:56 AM
.Clay soil? Surf?

Sorry surf, that was supposed to say DUFF. My phone changed it on me.

Cedar
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: surfivor on April 13, 2017, 12:39:39 PM
Sorry surf, that was supposed to say DUFF. My phone changed it on me.

Cedar

surf is always better
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: Carl on April 13, 2017, 12:43:02 PM
surf is always better

But DUFF is Homer Simpsons favorite beer..... 8)
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: surfivor on April 13, 2017, 01:43:06 PM
But DUFF is Homer Simpsons favorite beer..... 8)

 Well her phone knows a thing or two since it corrected DUFF and changed it to Surf
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: I.L.W. on April 15, 2017, 08:18:14 PM
Sweet Woodruff (Galium Odorantum)
Low-growing, fills in quickly (especially if mulched and watered in the first year). Has a pleasant, mild fragrance when in bloom. When dried, however, it's a very strong scent. The leaves can be burned as incense. It's also an accumulator of metals. If you collect a bale of it from a wooded parcel of land rich in iron, you can actually pull iron from the ashes when you burn it, similar to how the ancient scottish got iron from burning peat. This makes it very good at some types of soil remediation, especially along driveways and around building foundations.
Title: Re: Ground cover for newly-cleared ground?
Post by: CagedFeral on October 23, 2017, 04:42:02 AM
Sometimes you just leave it be. It will fill in.

One of the most regretted things I've ever done is to throw grass seed.