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4379Re: Good ground cover

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  • D
    Sep 21, 2009
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      When you are looking for a groundcover, it is always pertinent to look
      at the plants which grow naturally in your area.

      A very basic but often forgotten permaculture principle is to "use your
      local resources first".
      In the quest to beef up the list of edible plants, many practitioners
      use plants from around the world.

      However, when it comes to plants with more functional roles, importing
      plants into gardens when local species would do the job as well if not
      better is generally not wise.

      Overlooking local ecological resources contributes to their overall
      demise, and the globalisation of plants worldwide.
      This means a reduction in biodiversity.
      Instead, try to obtain useful plants from the local terrain.

      There are two reasons for doing this:

      1. Importing species from beyond the local ecology does not benefit the
      local environment much, as plants usually relate to flora and fauna (esp
      microfauna, like pollinators) which are not likely to be present in
      local ecologies.

      2. There may be a risk that an imported species will displace or at
      least compete with local species on a number of levels.

      Think global, act local.
      What is in your local area.....are there any threatened species which
      you can utilise as a ground cover which could use a refuge or two?

      Cheers
      Deb



      masterofthegoons wrote:
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      > when you say grass...
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      > A nice low hardy plant would be something from the Desmanthus Genus.
      > eg: Desmanthus virgatus
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