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Groundcover maintenance and mosses unwanted


Most of the unwanted mosses grow well or actually far too well, throughout the year, including the winter-period.Early in the year we have a close look to decide on what maintenance activity is required. This can be a raking-job, pulling or pinching or a chemical treatment. Whatever method used it is all very cumbersome. In […]

Maintaining the pathway edges


The Cotula groundcover would easily overgrow the tobi-ishi step stones. It may take a while before the path has disappeared but far before that point the characteristic beauty will have gone. The first photo shows the path as we like to see it after the edges where just cut. This is an activity without […]

Undesired mosses


In the chapter on mosses, Mosses and lichen, we have a section named Unwanted mosses and that is where this post is about. The unwanted moss here is Hypnum cupressiforme (Dutch: Gesnaveld klauwtjesmos), and Hygrohypnum luridum (Hygrohypnum Moss, Drab Brook-moss, Dutch Gewoon spatwatermos). These mosses are very strong growers and survivors. When they first […]

Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden


Most of the Tsukiyama surface is covered by the same species of a low growing ground covering plant. Like in our previous post about the Turtle Island groundcover, we also want to keep these edges, that is the Tsukiyama (land) gravel (sea) junction, razor-sharp. This is far more difficult as the Leptinella (aka Cotula) grows […]

Groundcover maintenance


The perennial groundcovers (and more or less evergreen) that grow on the surface of the Tsukiyama-area’s (artificial or man-made hill garden) ask for continuous attention. Where we have been working on today and what we show here is what we use on most surfaces is Leptinella potentillina or squalida (prev. Cotula common name: “Water buttons” […]