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Question: My house faces east and is up on a hill. We have a problem with erosion, and at the bottom of the hill is lots of sand that collects on the sidewalk. The hill has many old oak trees and a flowering cherry. With so much shade and such sandy soil, what kind of ground cover or grass should we plant?

Answer: It does not sound like a location where grass would do well. Instead, a groundcover would be a better choice. In my experience English ivy and creeping myrtle (vinca minor) both do well on shady slopes. You might also consider a consultation with a landscape architect or other professional drainage expert to make sure the erosion is not going to adversely affect the trees or anything else on your property. Often visible erosion becomes worse fairly quickly and is the symptom of a more serious problem elsewhere on the property which is better corrected sooner than later.

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