Planting and Spacing

Several factors determine both the number of plants needed for effective coverage and the budget required.

  • Faster growing plants can be spaced further apart than slower ones
  • Thicker plantings require more money for more plants and the labor to plant them
  • Thinner plantings require more maintenance down the road until coverage is achieved
  • Knowing the square footage to be planted means you don’t buy more or less plants than you need

Spacing Calculator

Space Between Plants Plants Per Square Foot Plants Per 1000 Square Feet
4 inches 9 9000
6 inches 4 4000
8 inches 2.25 2250
1 foot 1 1000
1.5 feet N/A 444

Culture Notes (There are exceptions so these guides are general)

  • Bed preparation includes addition of organic matter and adjusting pH between 6 and 7
  • Fertilize at planting 2 lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 square feet worked into soil
  • Fertilize established beds 2 lbs of Nitrogen annually divided into a couple of applications, slow release fertilizers can also be used instead
  • Plant in a diamond or triangular pattern, not a square, more pleasing to the eye
  • Watering is critical, especially the first year or two, especially in the heat and drought of summer
  • Weeds are best just pulled until plants are established
    • There are herbicides available for grasses growing in groundcover beds.  Be careful around lawns
    • There are pre-emergent herbicides available to control many grass and broadleaf weeds in ground cover beds (read the label).  These products have to be applied several times a year to maintain effectiveness