Adding Compost when you have Groundcover

mary_maxOctober 25, 2013

How do you add compost to the ground when it is covered with a groundcover? Isn't it a good idea to compost the area every year or so? Thanks

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Is there a time of year when the groundcover is dormant? If not, I wouldn't bother. Ground covers can generally fend for themselves w/o any coddling.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 10:29AM
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mary_max

Cool. So now I don't need to worry about doing that job. Thanks for your reply.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 10:37PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Most ground covers benefit by a light top dressing of compost.
Mike

Here is a link that might be useful: My garden

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 1:15PM
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kitasei

I would like an answer to this question too, as I have lots of deer-ravaged ivy that needs help coming back. Would making a tea of the compost and watering it work?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:06AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Maybe if the tea was from manure, but it would only last until the next rain.
I've seen where deer and elk have browsed on Ivy right down to the stems. Sadly, it recovers. Ivy is considered an invasive exotic here in western Washington. I've been fighting it for years.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 10:47AM
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