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If you’ve ever had to push a lawn mower up a hill you’ve probably thought, what can I plant to get out of this horrendous chore! You’re not alone, I’ve been asked lately about planting steep slopes. That’s a tough one. You’re looking for plants to prevent soil erosion and yet the site is usually difficult to work on for anything including maintenance.
Take a peek at Garden Aesthetics – dilemmas.
If you don’t mind a wilder look, there are some native grasses that look great. Sideoats grama , is the smallest of the grasses I would suggest at 1 to 2 feet tall, it has pretty seed stalks that hang to one side, Canada wild rye grows 2 to 4 feet tall and spreads quickly by self seeding, it also has a pretty drooping seed head.
In the shrub department, fragrant sumac is an option, it spreads easily and has pretty fall color. A favorite of the highway department is the burning bush, it grows 4 to 8 feet tall, has great looking bark and stunning fall color. For sun or shade, the Taunton yew grows 3 to 5 feet tall and spreads easily. It is resistant to winter burn. This is one tough shrub. Keep in mind that the leaves, branches and fruit of the yews are toxic to animals and humans. Although most people and pets are not really interested in eating it.