There is nothing worse than a bare garden, you know? Okay okay, I’m dramatizing this thing for the sake of the article, but let’s be real, a beautiful garden is always good for the heart, no matter what or who you are.
So folks, if you have a bare soil and are thinking what you should choose to cover it, look no more! You’re in the right place and your timing is perfect. Let me explain: simply, I have the solution for your problems.
Have you ever heard of Monkey grass? No, it’s not some kind of grass that looks like monkeys (unless you have an extremely wild imagination and it’s okay, you do you friend), but the solution to your gardening problems, especially if you have trouble with some spots in your garden.
Not only Monkey grass can cover everything (and I mean everything), it has also other, pretty good, advantages: it’s easy to care for, low maintenance (not like one ex you are probably thinking of right now), and will offer you endless possibilities for use in the lawn.
Here’s why you should use Monkey grass
Still not convinced? Well, you should also know that Monkey grass is heat and drought tolerant, it can survive under most harsh conditions, it’s hardy (which makes it a badass, let’s be honest), and it can grow in different types of soil (so it’s not picky, again, unlike that ex we’re all thinking about again now).
Monkey grass is also pretty robust, and can resist weed invasion and diseases. It also doesn’t need too much fertilization, which means it’s also cheap to take care of, and no one hates cheap, am I right?
Caring for Monkey grass 101
Of course, if you decided to cover your garden with Monkey grass, you should at least know the 101 of how to take care of it. No need for fancy fertilizer or too much effort, as I said, it is pretty low-maintenance and easy to care of.
Don’t believe me? Here we go, read on and you’ll see!
All types of Monkey grass are easy to lift, transplant, and separate when you need to, which are some of the reasons why we want you to choose Monkey grass for your garden. Of course, as with most plants, there are some conditions: indeed, it needs a well draining soil to thrive.
Once it has established itself in your soil, Monkey grass will need very little maintenance and care to stay alive. This evergreen plant can be from 2 to 24 inches high, and grows in full shade as well as in full sunlight (a proof of how hardy it is). It can also grow under trees or on slopes, places where other types of grass are usually difficult to grow.
Watering Monkey grass
One of the advantages of Monkey grass is that it only needs to be watered regularly up to two weeks after it was first transplanted (just enough to establish itself in your soil). After that, it will need little to no watering, so you won’t have to spend your time worrying about whether or not you watered it.
Fertilizing Monkey grass
10-10-10 fertilizer should be applied to the grass either in the fall or during early spring, right before a new growth occurs. It is better to use 1 pound of fertilizer per every 100 square feet of Monkey grass. Don’t forget to water it after that, so you can wash the foliage from fertilizer and move it into the soil.
Other types of care
You should mow or cut Monkey grass early in spring down to 2 or 3 inches from the ground, and mulch around the plants using wood chips after mowing (it prevents weeds growth). If you still see weed growing, hand pull it to prevent it from invading your Monkey grass.
Finally, if you see any leaves with red or brownish spots on them, remove them immediately, as they are a symptom of anthracnose, which should be dealt with.
Type of Monkey grass
Like every other plant, Monkey grass sports several types. Want to know more about them? Keep reading!
Dwarf mondo grass
This type of Monkey grass is a dark green dwarf variety, only half the size of other members of its family (a little like our writer here). It’s an evergreen plant that can be tucked into rocks, which creates beautiful contrast.
Yeah, weird name, I know.
This one is native to Asia, principally to Japan, China, Vietnam, and India. It is mostly grown as an ornamental plant, and like other members of its family, it is evergreen.
Also called big lily turf, the Liriope muscari is a type of Monkey grass native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. It’s, you have guessed it folks, evergreen, and needs very little care.
In the end…
It doesn’t matter what type of Monkey grass you choose to transplant into your soil, because all of them are low-maintenance and will reward you with a beautiful garden.