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How to Plant Ground Cover in the Pacific Northwest

Planting ground cover in the Pacific Northwest must match with the area in your yard you wish to plant it. The weather in the Pacific Northwest is a factor when deciding which ground cover to plant. There is both shade loving ground cover and sun loving ground cover species that will thrive in the Pacific Northwest.

Choose the location and note if your location is a shady area or a sunny location. Purchase the plants that are suitable for your available location.

Prepare the soil for your plantings of ground cover by adding organic compost into the existing soil. Remove any weeds and debris from the area, break up any lumps in the soil and create a planting area conducive to healthy plant growth. The soil should be easy to work with your hands down the top eight inches.

Set your plants out in the areas that you intend to cover with your growing plants. Follow the individual plants' instructions on separation and space between the new plants. Some ground covers can be invasive and research should be done prior to purchasing and planting.

Placing the plants in the spaces you have intended, it is time to add fertilizer. Using the 5-5-5 fertilizer is a great way to encourage rapid settlement of the roots of the ground cover. The fertilizer should be used sparingly and according to the package instructions in order to achieve optimum success.

Water your ground cover regularly to increase it's growth rate. Regular maintenance isn't necessary for established ground cover.


The gardening zones of the Pacific Northwest vary greatly based on location. To find your zone refer to the United States National Arboretum Zone map, linked below.


Choose a non invasive ground cover if you are concerned about spacing issues.

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