juniper ground cover help

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jspsc123, May 18, 2014.

  1. jspsc123

    jspsc123 LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys,im in the charlotte nc area and i have a customer that wants some junipers for ground cover on a hill. i dont know much about them and need some help. i was looking at getting some blue pacific junipers. how far apart should i space them, how long does it take them to creep, and how do they creep(what shape, circle, square, straight row). i read that they can spread 4-6 ft, is that cubic ft. i was thinking planting 3 ft apart grid style. any help is appreciated
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Keep I mind that varieties also vary in how tall they grow. I had a customer that wanted a spreading juniper that only grew 1' height.
  3. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Blue Pacific is a good choice and your spacing will be fine. I planted a hill side a couple years ago using one gallon size pots and the hill is full covered. I have trimmed them a couple times at the base of the hill to keep them out of the flow line of a swale and at the top to keep them off the fence. Weeds are a pain but just charge accordingly.
  4. p51mustang23

    p51mustang23 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 17

    make sure you use juniperus horizontalis, aka creeping juniper. It will require time consuming weeding at some point, especially if grass starts growing in it.
  5. RichardC

    RichardC LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 100

    are there any other solutions when this starts happening, other than manually weeding the grass out? ive got a customer with an annoyingly large area of junipers, where grass/weeds have started coming through pretty heavy. i usually weed wack over them to keep it down some, but it grows back so fast.
  6. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,493

    blue forest is another nice one, a little taller but well under a foot high.
    I hate when the weeds and grass start growing in, fabric might be a good idea beforehand if youre starting this area from scratch
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,379

    Blue Pacifics are one of the very few junipers I will use. Beautiful color and texture.

    As for weeds, Casoron\Dyclomec\Barrier is your friend.
  8. RichardC

    RichardC LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 100

    I havent gotten into the pesticide thing as of yet, planning on getting certified or whatever at some point soon. are these ones you mentioned safe to apply on the junipers, to kill the weeds?
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,379

    Oh yeah, and it knocks out grassy weeds as well. It is not safe for perennials or anything herbaceous, but woody type plants are just fine.
  10. Twinlakes

    Twinlakes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    Excellent info.!

    Nothing like looking over a juniper bed knowing the risk of pulling even a single weed...10' into the bed. Especially, when entering compact and/or trailing Junipers. You'll know within a week if you stepped wrong. If not sooner!

    Thanks again for the knowledge on the Selective herbicides,

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