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Originally a weed, it is now used in many ground cover situations where normal grasses may not do as well. Follow the directions on your fertilizer to ensure you use the right amount. That is: we would want to mulch mow when the amount of leaf material to be removed is minimal. This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. References. If the soil is moist, it can be more susceptible to the growth of weeds. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. It is also used as a soft lawn alternative which doesn’t need mowing, though it won’t stand up to hard traffic. Propagate by seed sown at 68-75°F (20-24°C) in late winter or early spring, and plant out when all danger of frost has passed. Whereas if we left the ground-cover to become very thick and dense then we would want to catch the clippings, which would be better to recycle into compost on in garden beds. Simply snip stems that are too long. Dichondra (Dichondra repens) is a perennial ground cover plant (in USDA zones 7-11) that has a somewhat upright, creeping habit with circular leaves. Dichondra micrantha, more commonly known as kidney weed or Asian ponysfoot, is a creeping perennial frequently used as a grass-substitute in home landscaping. Dichondra (Dichondra repens) is a perennial, spreading by slender creeping stems that root at the nodes. As an outdoor plant it makes a pretty ground cover or trailing plant, but growing a Silver Falls dichondra indoors is also a great option. You can choose any size container, though the plant will thrive better in a medium to large container. Both of these varieties will spill out of the container or bed where they’re planted. Learn more here. Dichondra Repens has been a trusted and favorite lawn substitute for many people for a long time. This article has been viewed 30,439 times. All dichondras spread by runners and fill in fast for lawn areas or drape in potted conditions. Dichondra repens is a small, prostrate, herbaceous plant native to New Zealand and many parts of Australia.It is occasionally known as kidney weed in Australia and as Mercury Bay weed in New Zealand.Most commonly called dichondra in Australia. Dichondra (Dichondra repens) is a perennial, spreading by slender creeping stems that root at the nodes. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. If you are planting more than one dichondra in the same plot, the holes should be spaced at least 6 inches (15 cm) away from each other. Dichondra repens – Kidney Weed A creeping plant that spreads widely from underground stolons, making it a good ground cover. Commonly used as a groundcover, dichondra grows quickly and rarely exceeds 2 inches in height. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Dichondra Repens are a low maintenance native ground cover. Best USDA planting zones are between 7 - 11. It's best to wait until the temperature is consistently above 75 °F (24 °C). Once seeds you’ve started begin to sprout, you can transplant them and care for beautiful plants in your garden. Dichondra is not suitable for any type of weed spraying, so it is imperative that all weeds are gone from the planting area before Repens is planted. The area to be planted with Dichondra should be weed free as much as possible before any planting is done. The kidney-shaped to nearly circular leaves grow alternate to each other, sometimes appearing whorled on the stems. When the lawn is healthy and well-managed, it will be less attractive for the germination of dichondra seeds. Dichondra seeds germinate very fast, and also commonly called Kidney Weed, Lawn Leaf, and Dichondra Pony Foot, Dichondra Repens is a warm season ground cover that has an upright, creeping growth habit, and Dichondra grows very close to the ground - usually not over 2 inches tall. Dichronda will do well in sun and shade conditions, can tolerate many soil types, and can go without water for some periods; though it will need to have a deep heavy watering when it is again watered. For example, you could keep your dichondra seeds on your kitchen windowsill. In fact, Dichondra does quite well with infrequent and deep waterings. Performs best in full sun or light shade shade, in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Welcome to Saint Augustine Lawn Care. How much fertilizer you will need depends on your plot or container size. If you live in the United States or Canada, you can find your last frost date by inputting your location into the Almanac's date calculator: You could also start your seeds in a seed starter potting mix, which you can find at most gardening stores. You can plant more seedlings in larger pots, though the plants may not grow to be as large. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. It’s a good idea to observe your yard every day for a week or 2 before you plant your dichondra. To get a thicker mat of dichondra, it can be mowed short sparingly throughout the season. Otherwise, your plant may not thrive. Dichondra is a flexible plant that can be used as a plush covering for a flower bed or yard, or it can be used as an accent to your garden or home. Flea beetles can be … Dig the planting hole … Dichonrda repens grows easily from seeds and is maintained with occasionally supply of … This plant is a perennial in warm climates and will thrive as a ground cover or turf alternative in USDA hardiness zones 10-11. Dichondra can be planted with seed or via punnets of seedlings. It is not usually over 2 inches (5 cm.) This will catch the excess water. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. When you buy soil, make sure it’s labeled as potting mix and is not intended for use in a lawn. Whether we have Dichondra overflowing a garden or rockery area and verging into lawns, or if Dichondra is the lawn itself, there really is nothing special that needs to be done to look after this plant, when compared to regular lawns. 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