The Q&A Archives: planting beside a retaining wall

Question: I have an 8 foot retaining wall in my back yard. On the side of the retaining wall we usually just put pine straw. The mud runs out when it rains and it makes a big mess. Its pretty steep. What could we plant there to keep from looking so bad and to keep our dog out? Thanks

Answer: I'd plant a ground cover such as Lirope, Periwinkle, Mondo Grass or Cotton Lavendar in the spot. These are all fairly maintenance free ground hugging plants and their root systems will help slow erosion. All will take a little foot traffic, just in case your dogs wander over to it. Hope you find just the right plant!

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