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Evergreen Groundcover
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


During the cold dark days of winter, when trees become bare, evergreen foliage becomes more visible and more appreciated. Evergreen ground covers are low-growing plants that spread quickly to form a thick cover. They add beauty to the landscape and, at the same time, help prevent soil erosion.

Spring is the best time for planting ground covers. However, a certain amount of time is needed for you to plan exactly where your ground covers should be placed. During the winter season, you should observe the bare areas of your landscape and carefully plan out where you wish you had some greenery.
Among the best evergreen ground covers for shade include moss, Baltic ivy, Myrtle, Vinca minor, Pachysandra, Liriope, winter creeper euonymus, English ivy, European Ginger, Canby paxistima and Ajuga. Each offers its own unique look and feel.

Evergreen ground covers offer an array of benefits to your landscape. Many homeowners will be happy to know that you don't have to rake out leaves because they can lie atop the ground cover plants. As winter proceeds, they will drop through to the ground and decay into nice healthful compost.
Other benefits include:

• They can be planted on steep banks to prevent erosion.
• They can be planted under trees when growing grass beneath them becomes difficult.
• They can be planted on parking lot islands because road salt doesn't affect them like it does grass.
• They are great for attracting wildlife.
• They can be planted in areas that a lawn mower may not be able to reach.

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