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Aug 17, 2017 9:16 PM CST
Pittsburgh, PA
I live in western Pa where we get snow and salt from the trucks. My Q is what is the best ground cover that will tolerate salt and dry conditions in this wasted strip
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Aug 17, 2017 10:57 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Rocks! Smiling

Other neighbors seem to be keeping grass alive.
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Aug 18, 2017 6:03 AM CST
Pittsburgh, PA
Daisyl I don't want the grass anymore, to boring and rocks are boring
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Aug 18, 2017 6:08 AM CST
Name: Christine
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I cant think of anything that will tolerate salt, look how it can rust a car if it isn't washed off. I agree with Daisy, some decorative stone would be your best best
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Aug 18, 2017 6:24 AM CST
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Aug 18, 2017 6:39 AM CST
Name: Tia Doskocil
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I agree...salt is difficult. Some decorative rocks or smaller boulders would look great.
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Aug 18, 2017 6:45 AM CST
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Our plants database has a field for "Salt Tolerant" and you can use our advanced search to look for some plants that might work:

https://garden.org/plants/sear...

Here is a search for:

Life cycle: Perennial
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Resistances: Salt tolerant
268 results found.

https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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Aug 18, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Would not recommend rock, it definitely is not mx free, still will get weeds; than your option is pulling or Roundup.

I have Iris right on the edge of the road that gets hammered with salt every year, they have been going and blooming for 5+ years, but not really a ground cover.
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Aug 18, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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These plants may be a bit taller than what you want but look at:
Juniperus horizontalis/Creeping Juniper
Andromeda polifolia/Bog Rosemary
Cotoneaster dammeri/Bearberry cotoneaster
Hypericum buckleyi/Buckley's St Johns Wort
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Aug 18, 2017 5:49 PM CST
Name: Sue
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A list of salt tolerant plants from Penn State Master Gardeners:

http://extension.psu.edu/plant...
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Aug 18, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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There is a list compiled by the Montgomery County Master Gardeners. Maybe you might like something on the 'high salt tolerance' list.
http://extension.psu.edu/plant...

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