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How to Plant Sweet Woodruff

Sweet woodruff is an ornamental herbaceous perennial often grown in home gardens. Sweet woodruff is ideal because it grows quickly and thickly with very little care, and it thrives in partial or heavy shade where most plants won't grow. In fact, it is often planted as a ground cover in areas too shady for grass to thrive. If you want to start it in your own garden, you'll find it easy to plant in any moist garden spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Trowel
  • Slow-release fertilizer
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      Remove any existing plants. Dig them roots and all or spray them with a broad-spectrum herbicide according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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      Loosen the soil in the planting area to a depth of 8 inches with a shovel. Dig and mix the soil until it is an even, loose consistency. Break up any clumps in the soil and remove any rocks, roots or other debris that you find.

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      Smooth the soil with a rake.

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      Dig holes in the soil that are roughly the width and depth of the temporary containers your sweet woodruff plants are currently in. Space neighboring holes at least eight inches apart. If you have the patience to wait, you can plant sweet woodruff plants quite far apart. They will fill out the area in a season or two.

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      Remove each sweet woodruff plant from its temporary plastic container and plant it in a hole. Make sure that the sweet woodruff sits at the same depth in the hole as it did in the planting container. Planting too deeply or too shallowly may kill the plant or slow its growth.

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      Water the soil with a fine spray of water to moisten it to the depth of the planting holes. Sweet woodruff likes moist soil. Give your sweet woodruff 1 inch of water -- if not supplied by rainfall -- during cool and warm weather. Sweet woodruff will need more frequent watering during hot or particularly dry weather. When in doubt, feel the soil. If it is dry an inch or so below the surface, water.