The Q&A Archives: Landscaping on a hill

Question: Unfortunatley I killed some pachysandra that was a good ground cover for the side of my house. I looked into hardscaping it with a nice retaining wall and planting some shrubs but this is way too costly and now the hill is overrun with many weeds including thistle which is running down into my lawn. How can I

Answer: You could spot treat the worst weeds such as the thistle with an herbicide containing glyphosate. Also, be sure to remove any blooms so they do not seed themselves around. Next, consider replanting with a groundcover such as pachysandra, English ivy, or Vinca minor. These will eventually grow dense enough to crowd out most weeds. Early September would be the time to plant if you want to do it this fall. Be prepared to mulch between the starter plants to keep down weeds and water and weed as needed to encourage the groundcover to fill in. Good luck with your project!

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