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Creeping juniper

Creeping juniper


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Question: creeping juniper


Good morning. I own a very large garden. I read somewhere about someone who advised the use of "creeping juniper" to replace the classic lawn considering it more resistant, walkable and in need of less care. I would like to know if this answers to truth having to decide on the merits. One last thing. This plant, which can be used, also destroys weeds. Thank you.

Answer: creeping juniper


Dear John,
the juniperus horizontalis is a ground cover plant, very vigorous and resistant; however, over the years, in addition to widening a lot, it also tends to grow slightly, forming bushes that can grow up to 50-80 cm high. Surely it is a shrub that can effectively cover the areas at the foot of the hedge, or other shrubs, or the bare flower beds, in order to make them decorative, without requiring great care, or even frequent interventions to remove weeds, because the dense and evergreen foliage of the juniper prevents the seeds from sprouting below it, and often also prevents the development by stolons, producing a dense dry shadow. Furthermore, I believe that juniper, although of dwarf and compact variety, cannot be walked on freely; in the sense: if you upholster a flowerbed, and one day you have to pass over it to prune the hedge behind us, no problem; but if your children want to play football with their friends, well, it's definitely unlikely. Also because the juniper, like many conifers, has the defect of not sprouting from old wood, and therefore if you break the branches in the upper part of the plant, with great probability you will find yourself in time with stumps, or holes, in the foliage of the plant .