No Mow Ground Covers replaces turf

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Ric, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Cal_CF

    Cal_CF LawnSite Member
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    One thing to watch out for when purchasing Perennial Peanut is to make sure you specify to the grower that you want Ecoturf, Arblick, Brooksville 67, or Brooksville 68. These are the only available low growing ornamental varieties. As Ric said, Ecoturf is probably the best one available.

    Some growers are propagating an entirely different species of perennial peanut commonly sold as 'Golden Glory'. It grows by above ground stolons instead of below ground rhizomes making it less cold tolerant in the central and northern parts of FL. It also does not fix nitrogen as well and usually has chlorotic looking foliage.
     
  2. Tri-City Outdoors

    Tri-City Outdoors LawnSite Member
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    We have been pushing ground covers this year. We do have approval to plant peanuts in the spring. In a common area in a HOA. Mainly to prevent erosion. Recently we have been producing A native (purple powder puff). We did a front yard on one of our rental this year so far so good.
    Check out the link.

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep343
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tri-city

    I am raising Sunshine Mimosa (Purple Powder Puff) also. See my first post. Mimosa will propagate from seed. I am going for seed production because the cost of establishing Mimosa by seed is very economical compared to establishing Perennial Peanuts by vegetation. Mimosa also spreads quicker than Peanuts.
     
  4. greendoctor

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    Yes, watch out for Golden Glory. That is the worst ground cover I can think of to use. Many years ago, that stuff was introduced into this state. Lots of problems with nutrient deficiencies, weeds and diseases. The above ground runners are a PITA because it is not hard to do something wrong and have a stemmy, bald looking mess.
     
  5. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just read through the whole thread. Another ground cover that loves the shade area and around trees is Vinca Minor (Periwinkle). Old Georgetown has it planted in many of the sidewalk area between the streets. It is a dark green and kept trimmed. It just does not do well in full sun like the legumes that Ric mentioned.
     
  6. Ric

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    Roy

    I am still not happy with any of the shady tolerant covers. Wededia works but is on the Noxious exotic list. The problem with Periwinkle and most shady lovers is, NO over the top Herbicide. I am real spoiled with Legumes because of Over The Top Herbicides that release it or those Herbicide that control it in Turf. Agriculture is the Big buck spenders and Chemical Companies have developed several Herbicides just for Legumes. Of course I do not want to take away from the Cultural Practise that Z turn out lined as control methods also. Any plantings can benefit from proper cultural & chemical practises.

    Bottom Line is I am still looking for that Shady Loving ground cover that can be both released and controlled easily by different herbicides.
     
  7. Cal_CF

    Cal_CF LawnSite Member
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    Where are you getting the seeds for Sunshine Mimosa? I have collected some from existing stands, but want to know if there are any suppliers of seed.
     
  8. Tri-City Outdoors

    Tri-City Outdoors LawnSite Member
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