Planting on a hill or slope - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bandbk5170
April 19, 2010
What is the proper way to position plants in the soil of a hill or slope? Should the plants be put in the soil on an angle with the hill or planted straight up in a deeper hole in the hill?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2010
The plants will grow straight up towards the sun so setting them upright on a little ledge on the slope will help anchor them in place but also provide a flat area for rainwater and water from the sprinkers to collect, directly over the root systems. I'd excavate a hole in the slope, then drag the soil out to make a ledge in front of each plant. The plant will eventually grow over the outcropping of soil and the soil will erode in a year or so - after the roots of your plants have established themselves.

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