Great Garden Groundcovers
At our nursery in the Honeydew area, just a few kilometres to the northeast of Johannesburg, we not only offer top grade landscaping services, but we also supply an extensive range of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, herbs and seedlings, directly to the trade and public – at wholesale prices to both sectors.
What are Groundcovers?
Strictly speaking, virtually everything which covers the surface of soil or the ground may be described as a groundcover, either living (plants) or non-growing. Examples of non-living or non-growing materials used as such would include mulch, gravel, pebbles, or bark chips. Typically, living groundcovers are understood to be low growing plants which spread naturally.
Both the growing and non-growing varieties have several common advantages in common. When spread across the tops of beds, they help to preserve the moisture content of the soil below, an increasingly important factor in a country such as South Africa, which does not have an all year, abundant supply of rainwater.
Additionally, this helps to conserve water and the need for frequent watering. In really dry areas, a variety of hardy succulents make ideal groundcovers, particularly if interspersed with decoratively placed rocks, pebbles and bark chips.
Minimise Weed Growth
Weeds, like all other plants, require space in which to establish roots, plus moisture and sunlight in order to grow. They’re the bane of many a gardener’s life, locked into a continual struggle to keep their unwanted growth at bay.
Installing groundcovers is undoubtedly the most eco-friendly, attractive means to minimise available growing space and opportunities for weeds to establish themselves, saving you hours of repeated weeding sessions or the need to make use of chemical weed killers.
Prevent Soil Erosion
Topsoil dissipates and soil erodes all too easily. In the former instance, wind plays a part, dispersing dry topsoil to all corners of the compass, especially during dry winter months and August in particular, in the Gauteng and Highveld area.
Some summer rainfall areas of the country experience heavy rainfall during summer storms, causing unprotected topsoil and the soil in bare areas to erode and wash away, making its way into residential swimming pools, and eventually into streams and river courses.
The only truly effective method to stabilise topsoil is by planting, particularly groundcovers. Because most of these low growing plants self-propagate, either by creeping, dropping their seeds near the mother plant or forming new clumps, their root systems hold the soil in place, even when it’s raining.
Cost, Time and Labour Saving
Indigenous South African options include various highly attractive, drought resistant grass species, which thrive without requiring regular watering or feeding and no mowing, unlike lawn grasses, which can become expensive to maintain.
Most local lawn grass species don’t grow in shade. Here again, groundcovers are the perfect alternative, decorative and highly attractive. Perennial low growing varietals are an excellent solution for pavement planting too, requiring little, if any attention, yet always looking well-tended and aesthetically attractive.
Quick Selection Guide
We make it really simple for you to shortlist suitable groundcovers for your garden – simply download our list. The list specifies factors that may influence your choice, such as whether each is hardy or frost tender, deciduous or evergreen, exotic or indigenous, maximum height, which prefer full sun or semi-shade and which are members of the grass species.