Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) is a perennial ground cover ideal for shady locations. This plant generates year round interest using its spring to early summer green to dark semi and blooms -evergreen foliage. Bugleweed is hardy in the Environment of Sunset Zones 1 through 29 and 24 through 4-5. Its mature spread is 1 to 3-feet using a mature height of 2 to 4 inches.Bugleweed is effective when planted in borders, rock gardens and along slopes or incorporated in containers for decorating a deck or porch.
Grow bugleweed to partial shade in total. Choose an area with well-draining, fertile soil and good air circulation. Plant bugleweed along the edges of other hardscapes and driveways, sidewalks or in planters to include it from spreading into places that are undesirable. When planting space plants one foot apart.
Water more often during warm summer periods. When the leading one to two inches of soil becomes dry, water bugleweed using a hose. Water seriously and carefully, therefore the soil is moist but not soggy. Water once every 2-3 months throughout the the rest of the year.
Fertilize bugleweed whether its development is weak or in the event the plant is increasing in soil. An all purpose water-soluble fertilizer in a rate of 1 tablespoon per 1-gallon of water. Fertilize bugleweed in the morning. Water the plants after fertilizing to to clean any fertilizer on the leaves off to the soil.
Cut off flower spikes in late summer when the blooms become brown and dry. If the planting is tiny, the bottom of every flower spike using a pair of pruning shears. Cut the flower-spikes a big planting using a lawn-mower off. Set the lawn-mower blades for their level and operate the mower on the plants.
The trailing stems of bugleweed a year, in mid-summer and the spring, to keep the plant under control. Remove any runners developing on the edges of the planting location. Clip the stems back to your point just above the leaf that is closest.
Thin crowded crops prior to the first frost in the drop, four to six months. Dig up a clump cautiously using a shovel. Pull the clump or reduce it using a shovel in two. Replant one half in the floor and discard the the rest. Repeat with each clump that is main in the planting. After dividing water carefully.