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Old October 29th, 2003, 08:01 AM
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Need suggestions for ground cover on a steep hill

I have a problem hillside in backyard. It is 45 by 45 and very steep. Probably between 35 and 45 degree angle. I want a ground cover that is suited for my area. Not real invasive, but has good erosion control qualities. I have thought of crown vetch, and English Ivy but both are invasive.
I can get English Ivy from cuttings. Is it possible to regenerate plants from cuttings? Aslo any ideasof a good ground cover that would fit these qualifications would be a great help. I live in Ohio.
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Old November 1st, 2003, 09:53 AM
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The following plants have strong, dense root systems that will help prevent soil erosion:
Shrubs: Juniperus, Rosa multiflora, Rosa rugosa, Santolina
Vines: Euonymus fortunei (prostrate forms), Lonicera japonica (perhaps not fully hardy in your area), Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Perennials: Coronilla varia, Polygonum cuspidatum compactum
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Old November 12th, 2003, 01:14 PM
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Another shrub to consider is either Diervilla lonicera or D. sessilifolia. They are not generally readily available at local nurseries, But if you live near Dayton Ohio, I could provide you with all the cuttings you could want. They root rather easily. I don't recall your conditions other than a steep slope - this plant does well in about any location - wet/dry, sun/shade. And it gradually spreads by suckering, but is not what I would call invasive

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