The Q&A Archives: suggested ground covers for slope

Question: We have a shaded area under trees approx 90-100 ft. long that slopes gradually to level ground. It is facing my neighbors view and we would like an inexpensive yet attractive way to cover the slope . We do not want to mow and would prefer not to mulch the area . What would you recommend ?

Answer: There are a number of plants that could be used as a ground cover ranging from the traditional evergreen, blue-flowered periwinkle or vinca minor (kept in bounds by a periodic edging with a shovel) to some of the easy perennials such as creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) or Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) or perhaps daylilies (Hemerocallis) or a creeping form of sedum. In all cases, however, they will establish faster and grow better with less maintenance if you take care to prepare the soil first before you plant by working in plenty of organic matter. In addition, a few inches of organic mulch placed around the plants will help keep down weeds, reduce erosion and help maintian a more even soil temperature and moisture level while they are establishing themselves. Good luck with your project!

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