Ground Cover Calculator Guide

How many ground cover plants do I need for my project? Use this guide to calculate your planting needs.

For planting ground covers like pachysandra and vinca minor (myrtle), we recommend planting either 6" on center or 8" on center spacing.

PLANT COVERINGS FORMULA

Square Feet x Plants Needed Per Square Foot = Total Number of Plants Needed

 

Plant Covering Calculation Example

Find the number of myrtle plants needed to cover a 15 ft. x 5 ft. hillside, planting 6" on center.

Length x Width = Square Feet

15 ft. x 5 ft. = 75 sq. ft.
 

Square Feet x Plants Needed Per Square Foot = Total Number of Plants Needed

75 x 4 (From Chart Below) = 300 Plants Needed

These calculations demonstrate that 300 plants will be needed to cover a 5 ft x 15 ft. area with plants spaced at 6 inch centers.

Category
Spacing
Plants Needed
Qty of Plants per 1 Sq Ft
24" O/C
0.250 / Sq. Ft.
Qty of Plants per 1 Sq Ft
18" O/C
0.444 / Sq Ft
Qty of Plants per 1 Sq Ft
12" O/C
1.00 / Sq Ft
Qty of Plants per 1 Sq Ft
10" O/C
1.444 / Sq Ft
Qty of Plants per 1 Sq Ft
9" O/C
1.777 / Sq Ft
Qty of Plants per 1 Sq Ft
8" O/C
2.25 / Sq Ft
Qty of Plants per 1 Sq Ft
6" O/C
4 / Sq Ft
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
36" O/C
11
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
30" O/C
16
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
24" O/C
25
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
18" O/C
45
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
12" O/C
100
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
9" O/C
175
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
8" O/C
200
Qty of Plants per 100 Sq Ft
6" O/C
400
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
28"
26
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
45"
28
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
42"
30
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
39"
32
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
36"
34
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
33"
37
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
30"
41
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
27"
45
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
24"
51
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
21"
58
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
18"
68
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
15"
81
Plants for 100 Ft. Linear
12"
101