A hard to fix flower bed.

I have an over grown L-shaped bed. With weeds and small bushes in it. It has an dip in the middle and has a gentle slope on 1 side. I want to build up the middle and kill the weeds and bushes. Then do a ground cover. Any suggestions on how to kill the weeds and then what to plant?
Submitted by semplyme

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. You can go at the weeds manually (pulling or digging them by hand) or you can try spot-spraying them with an herbicide (use a sheet of plastic as a shield to protect your desirable shrubs). Once the weeds are taken care of, a layer of mulch will help deter them while your groundcover gets established.

 

As far as what groundcover to plant, I can't really say without knowing what the growing conditions are like. But here's a groundcovers slideshow that may help you:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/easy-ground-covers/

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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