Advice on erosion-controlling plants

Asked March 11, 2019, 9:13 AM EDT

I have a house on the South River on a steep slope that leads down to the water. I am looking for suggestions on the best plants or grasses for erosion-control. The hill gets a good amount of morning and afternoon sun. This is a vacation home so I'm not there to water on a regular basis so the plant recommendations need to be somewhat drought-tolerant once summer arrives. We've finally gotten rid of the kudzu-- the attached photo is a few years old. Thank you so much for your suggestions!

Anne Arundel County Maryland plant selection natives

1 Response

There are several types of native shrubs and grasses that would be suitable for stabilizing a slope like this. Take a look at this publication and refer to the "Plants for Freshwater Wetlands and Other Wet Sites" (page 67) and "Solutions for Slopes" on page 71. https://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/pdf/NativePlantsforWildlifeHabitatandConservationLandscaping.pdf
Grasses such as Panicum virgatum and Andropogon gerardii or shrubs like Clethra alnifolia, Gaylussacia baccata, Hypericum densiflorum, and Morella pensylvanica are a few good choices. You can read more about these plants in the link referenced above or by using the companion database. http://www.nativeplantcenter.net/

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