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Prepare the Site



Whatcom County Groundcovers

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Be attentive to your site. Watering is crucial for new plants. Also, watch for signs of poor health and call upon a Master Gardener if you need help. Quickly pull out any weeds that pop up, especially before they go to seed. Colorful annual flowers can be planted to fill in the gaps that first season. Once the plants are established, maintenance needs will decrease. And remember, the degree of maintenance will depend on attention to good plant selection, site preparation, and careful installation. Established groundcovers, like other plants, may need occasional watering, fertilizing, weeding, pruning, pest control, and in some cases, mowing. But compared to maintaining turf, the work level is quite low. And the enjoyment level is quite high.

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