grass or ground cover for south facing slope

nicole47February 20, 2014

I have a slope in my backyard that is south facing. It gets about half sun and half shade right now, but I plan on taking out some old trees (so it will get more sun after that.)

I put creeping red fescue sod down eight months ago and it is pretty spotty brown/dead is some parts. I seeded it in December and haven't had luck filling in the brown parts.

I'm looking to plant some kind of grass or ground cover for the rest of the slope in the backyard (this picture only shows about 1/3 of my slope). I need it to be foot traffic friendly as my kids play on the slope. It also needs to be able to take the sun all day. I plan on planting some more trees along the slope (crape myrtles, oak, magnolia little gem, pittosporum silver sheen, and some citrus trees).

Would love some suggestions. I'm in zone 10a.

Thank you!

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Do you think it's a water issue where the fescue died?

I curse the person who put this in my place (too aggressive of a grower) but used it on a drought-y slope at my mom's and it withstands some foot traffic --- Vinca minor.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 3:47AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

for kid play areas grass is your best option. looks from the photos that the grass failed in areas where there were likely tree roots, meaning the grass was not getting enough water (tree roots got it instead). you have quite a list of trees you want to plant, make sure you give them sufficient room, cramming a bunch together is a waste--and keep in mind they will affect the grass growth eventually with their shade and their root systems.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 5:48PM
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