Posted: 26/05/2012 at 20:54
Sorry, but ground cover does not suppress weeds. If it did then there would be no weeds in our lawns. We have plenty of places where desirable plants cover the ground, but the weeds still come up and because there are lots of leaves and plant stems and flower, they are even harder to pull out. And don't be fooled into using low growing shrubs, they are even worse as weed suppressers. We have an area with Cotoneaster Coral Carpet or some such name. It is a nightmare getting the weeds out from among the branches.
Ground cover might work in a Urban setting where every surrounding garden is reasonably weed free, but definitely not in a rural setting where weed seeds can arrive from all directions.
Please don'y ask me for a solution, I have not found it yet, will let you know when I do