I figured out a little trick. When my new chicken coop was finished being built, I began adding ground cover and other pretty plants as accent. The coop is in a shady part of Helen’s Haven, and because the chickens need fresh water ever day, the garden design took advantage of being in an oasis zone.
From an old project, I used stepping stones that were no longer being used, but then quickly realized I wanted to soften the area around these stones with a ground cover. Since the area was in shade, I choose one of my favorite plants–dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) ‘Nana’.
Between the dogs, me, and the kids going back and forth checking on the chickens, we kept tripping over the new plantings, pulling them out of the ground. I had some landscape pins left over from securing wire for the underground dog fence, and I thought they would be the perfect thing to use to help hold down the dwarf mondo. Sure enough, We’ve not had a problem sense.