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How to care for vinca

Posted by woodsycat Zone6 (PA) (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 3, 08 at 13:33

I have a large portion of my backyard planted with Vinca (among shrubs and trees) It has been like that when I bought the house 2 years ago. The groundcover is not very dense though.

Any idea on what I can do to make it more dense and vigurous? The soil has plenty of clay and it is normally rather dry. The area is mostly shaded, but conditions vary. I have been spot watering for the last couple of years when caring for some larger plants in these beds, I didn't water neccessary the whole area with groundcover. It seemed to make little difference to those spots. I also appied Dryroots everywhere last spring, and again I haven't seen dramatic improvements.

Does it need to be trimmed? If yes, when and how? Anything else I could do?

Thank you.

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RE: How to care for vinca

Vinca's (as most plants) don't like clay. I would mulch it with leaf mulch and allow it to keep it's legs a little more moist - not wet. Difficult with clay, a bit of a fine science. You could also try to amend the clay with better soil, before the mulch...but that would be a lot of work.

RE: How to care for vinca

Stripedone, thans for the answer. I would like to start some more beds this spring, so maybe ammeding the soil, although work-intennsive, will be possible( I will be bringing in new soil anyway)

If there are any more ideas, like when to trim it,etc, I am open to sugesstions.

Thanks again

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