Ground cover

Asked June 22, 2016, 9:38 AM EDT

I have a small back yard. It is currently grass and weeds. I am interested in replacing it with a better ground cover. I have heard clover may be a good replacement. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

Natrona County Wyoming

1 Response

One thing you should consider is controlling the weeds you have before you plant another ground cover in the same area.

There are lots of options for ground covers. Clover is one, it is often planted as a green manure and then tilled into the soil and another crop is planted back into the area. Clover needs quite a bit of water as does traditional grass. Clover is also a broadleaf plant and most of your weeds are likely broadleaf plants as well.

If you are looking to reduce water use there are also ground covers that will not require as much water as Kentucky blue grass. If xeriscape plants are of interested to you there are several that are suitable here.

We have several handouts on turf selection or broadleaf ground covers for an alternative to turf grass.

This publication will give you some ideas for weed control in your lawn area: http://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/garden/07241.pdf

For Water-Wise plants this publicaiton should help: http://www.wyoextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B1143.pdf

Or this one is focused on ground covers specifically: http://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/garden/07230.pdf

If you are interested in turf grass and better managment of it, you could consider this publication for assistance: http://www.wyoextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B1129.pdf

I would be glad to answer any specific questions you might have if you call the office , 235-9400 or email again.

Hope this helps,