Planting low maintance plants on a steep slope

Asked May 16, 2017, 10:06 AM EDT

My back yard has a steep slope area (too hard to mow grass). I would like some ideas on what kind of ground cover plants to cover this area.. they would have to be low maintance, and fast growing, The area gets average sun & shade.... thanks..

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

There is not enough information regarding the site - sun versus shade. Full sun, part shade, shade, etc. You have to match the plants to the site and consider the mature height and width of the plants.

Look at the attached link for some ideas. You may need to consider some terracing.
http://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/documents/tip3.pdf
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/flowers/groundcovers

Also, you can contact some large nurseries as they may have landscape designers on staff. You can take a copy of a plat, plan, or take some photos with you. They should be able to advise you with specific varieties and/or plants to fit your landscape. All the plants will have to be well watered during the first year of establishment. Mulch with several inches of mulch to conserve moisture and keep away from the base of the plants.
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