Kinnikinnik groundcover and plant spacing
I am going to be needing some help from all you experienced gardeners on this site now that my husband and I are finally tackling the landscaping around our house. We want to use mostly native plants to cut down on watering and maintenance. I am purchasing 400 kinnikinnik plants in 4' pots. I live on 2 mostly treed acres with gravely well drained soil. Our house sits on a hill and we had many large stones brought in to terrace the front and back areas. On approaching the house there is a sunny slope facing east. On it we have planted red-Flowering currents and a few other shrubs (that the deer have been enjoying). In this open area on the slope we want to plant the kinnikinnik, I think it should very grow well here. I would like to know how close to space the plants when planting. I have read anywhere between 6" and 3 or 4 feet. Can anyone give me a better idea of what would be a good distance apart? Also, because we have very gravely soil with little to no organic matter, should we mix in soil when planting or top dress the area? We have a good layer of very course mulch on the whole area now.