Spacing of junipers for full coverage

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lpranger467, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. lpranger467

    lpranger467 LawnSite Member
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    I have a steeper hill that needs to be fully covered since it cant be mowed. had considered pachysandra but I think junipers would give better year around appearance.

    What type of juniper would be best ? and what kinda spacing should I shoot for ?

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  2. Idlewild

    Idlewild LawnSite Member
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    Does it have to be juniper ? Is the install for a frontage or back 40 no mans land ?
    Perhaps give yourself some credit & time to rethink your options. Juniper may seem
    like a short term solution, but they come with their own set of issues, especially if you’re considering
    a summer install.You mention pachysandra, just know that the sun exposure for both are different. If you’re in need of ideas, look around at other properties, hit up a nursery in your area or spring for an hours worth of a designers time. If you’re convinced of the juniper route, there are many varieties, but a lot of the decision may depend on what’s available from your local growers/sources.
    I would keep in mind that “dwarf” is a relative term in the juniper world. Ditto for spacing.
     
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    lpranger467

    lpranger467 LawnSite Member
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    It doesn't have to be junipers but I'm just outside of Philadelphia and I thought that they would be nice because it would be green year around are you saying that they do not spread very quickly ? I'm open to suggestions the only issue as I've got probably about 20 junipers planted so far so it would have to be something I could plant between them
     
  4. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    How well are they doing?
    Whats the sun level in the desired planting location?
     
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    lpranger467

    lpranger467 LawnSite Member
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    Most are doing well,,medium to low sun..they're actually not growing really fast but other than pachysandra I couldnt really think of another option


     
  6. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
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    Juniper will do better with more sun then shade theyll spread but wont run like ground cover

    Vinca "myrtle" , euyonymous , and in certain situations English ivy are some options
     
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