How To Plant Groundcovers Around Pavers

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2 Hours

One of my very first yard projects was to create a planter bed and then my husband and I made pathway adjacent to it. Our plan for the backyard was to create a deck at one end of the path. However, our plan changed and now we are breaking down the path! Of course I can't just toss the Irish Moss I had planted between pavers. I will transplant them to the front yard and show you how!

Here is the Irish Moss all happy and blooming with sweet little white flowers right before we ripped it out.

The flower bed and path before our current yard project kicked off. The deck was supposed to start where the grey stones meet the brown mulch. To see how I created the trellis seen on the fence here, check out this post.

Current state of that early project.

This part of the yard had been the most put together and I feel sort of sad to take it apart after our hard work.

New home for the moss!

This is our front yard. Since it sits atop retaining walls, it is more of just a path. We have lavender plants on either side, but looking toward the concrete patio in the distance, there is so much hardscape. To soften the hardness, I will plant the Irish Moss here! Have you ever wondered “what type of plants can I plant between pavers?” Groundcovers are perfect! There is actual moss, Irish moss, which isn’t actually a moss, creeping thyme and more.

Tip: I’ve noticed plant tags at nurseries will say “Good for foot traffic” or some similar wording. Look for this when shopping for groundcovers to plant between pavers.

Gather materials.

Other than clumps of groundcover to transplant (or new plants), you will need a small hand shovel, soil, a cutting tool to cut through landscape fabric, and gloves. As I was working I also grabbed some empty buckets to hold the gravel I dug up.

Dig up the Irish Moss.

If you have pavers and have been wanting to incorporate some sort of groundcover, the next steps will be helpful.

Scoop back gravel.

Scoop/dig until reaching the landscape fabric.

Cut an “X” shape into the fabric.

Add soil to surround your plant.

The blue gloves belong to my son; he was my helper for this project. Make sure to add enough soil so that the plant sits level with your paver. My goal is to have the Irish Moss grow partially on the pavers for a secret garden look.

Set plant in place.

Add extra soil as needed and then replace gravel and rocks, or whatever you might have in your path.

Fertilize and water.

The plants look a little sad after being transplanted. After some fertilizer and water, hopefully they will flourish like they had in the back!

Thank you for reading! Have you ever planted groundcovers between pavers? What did you use? Drop me a comment to let me know.

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  • Mary Mary on Jun 01, 2021

    I have done this in my backyard and in my experience I have had nothing but trouble. Cutting into the plastic is a bad idea. It leaves plenty of room for other weeds and such to come through and they do. I suggest that you do not cut the plastic at all.

    • This Dear Casa This Dear Casa on Jun 02, 2021

      Thanks for reading! Oh I'm sorry to hear that. My path is about 2.5 years old and I didn't have major issues with weeds. Maybe because I cut only enough to fit the moss in, or I just got lucky.

  • Giselle Giselle on Jun 01, 2021

    Thank you for all the great tips! It looks great.