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Jul 19, 2017 7:34 AM CST

I live outside of cincinnati ohio along a riverbank. I was hoping you could suggest some trees to plant along the hillside (Which is very very steep, maybe considered a cliff) in which could help prevent some erosion. The hillside is about 10 feet from our home so we don't want any types of trees in which the roots or seeds will damage the home.


Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 19, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Cottonwoods grow great at edges of rivers. Could you plant them at bottom of cliff ?
A few pics would be good. See what were dealing with.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jul 19, 2017 10:53 AM CST
I'd recommend you contact your County Extension service for recommendations of trees in your particular County. Otherwise you could take a walk down the river and see what trees are already growing there. Take pictures if you don't know what they are, and post them here. We can help you with identifying them.

You don't want to go planting some invasive tree by mistake. I'd have to disagree with the idea of planting Cottonwoods since they get huge, and a lot of people are highly allergic to them when they're releasing all that "cotton" in the springtime.

A picture of the slope area, and the side of your home that is adjacent to it would be helpful, too. If it's steep enough to call a "cliff" then something like a groundcover plant or shrubs might be a better option. If the "cliff" begins 10ft. from your house, then how far away is the river? You might need to consider a retaining wall.

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