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How to Plant Monkey Grass

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Gardeners searching for a prolific and fast-growing ground cover for lawn borders, edges and between pavers often choose monkey grass, which grows well in a variety of soils, tolerates dry conditions and heat admirably and withstands disease well. Find a monkey grass variety that is well suited to your growing area--some varieties prefer sun and others prefer shade--and a height and leaf color that suits your growing area.

Loosen the soil with the garden spade down to a depth of approximately 4 to 6 inches. Sprinkle 1 to 2 inches of compost on top of the soil and work it in evenly with the garden spade. Rake the soil smooth.

Dig holes for the monkey grass plants, spacing them between 3 and 6 inches apart. Place each plant into the prepared holes, making sure they are at the same depth as they were in the temporary containers. Fill the soil back in around the plants carefully and tamp the soil down firmly with your hands.

Water the newly planted monkey grass plants generously immediately after planting. Keep the soil evenly moist during the first two to three weeks after planting. After the plants establish, water only during periods of drought. Monkey grass can withstand most dry conditions.

Sprinkle 1 to 2 inches of leaf mold around the monkey grass plants in the autumn to enrich the soil and feed the plants. Work the leaf mold in lightly with a hand rake to incorporate it into the soil.

Cut back withered and browned growth on the monkey grass plants in the early spring before the growing season begins. This will rejuvenate the plants and encourage energetic growth during the growing season.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Monkey grass plants
  • Leaf mold
  • Hand rake

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.