Ground covers have multiple uses in the landscape. They can finish off a tiered effect in a flower garden by being the low-growing, edging plant. Adding ground covers to a garden will also help cut down on weeds as they fill in and take up space. Gardeners can choose from many varieties of ground covers. Whether your garden is in the sun or shade, or is an herb, flower, annual or perennial garden, there is a ground cover that is right for you. Planting a ground cover will be relatively easy, as long as you meet the plant's particular requirements.
Consider certain particulars about the area where you will be planting the ground cover seeds. The light conditions and soil need consideration, when choosing a variety of ground cover to plant. Certain plants have different requirements. For instance, do not plant moss verbena seeds in an area situated in full shade, as this plant prefers full sun conditions.
Figure out whether you prefer to have a perennial or annual added to your garden. You can replant annual seeds, replacing the variety of ground covers in spring and late summer. Perennial ground covers will last for several seasons, if not years, and will sometimes reseed themselves.
Consider whether you will be starting the ground cover seeds in containers, or sowing directly into the garden. Fill four-inch pots or a planting tray with a well-draining potting mix, if starting the seeds in a container first. Plant the seeds at the depth specified on the seed package. Keep the starting pots moist until the seeds have germinated. Replant into the garden when the plants are approximately six weeks old.
Clear the area in the garden where the ground cover seeds are to be planted if it is free of weeds, grasses or other unwanted vegetation. If you use an herbicide to kill the weed growth, wait approximately one to two weeks before planting the seeds. This will give the poison enough time to wash from the area.
Amend the existing soil with compost or manure, if your soil is poor and the variety of seed requires it. Species such as petunias will benefit from the addition of compost, whereas species such as Portulaca do not require it. Work the organic material approximately six inches down into the existing soil.
Mark the area where the seeds will be planted either visually or with spray paint. Scatter the seeds in the planting site, at the depth and spacing specified for the particular variety you are growing. Seeds such as nasturtiums require deeper seeding than varieties such as blanket flower.
Water the planting site, keeping it moist but not soggy, until the seeds germinate. Length of germination will depend on the variety of ground cover. Continue watering, keeping the flowerbed at the desired level of moisture for the variety of ground cover planted.