Help! Need groundcover for our sledding hill!

dyeing2knitApril 21, 2007

We just moved to current place in December, and the kids had a fantastic time sledding down the hill that is on one side of our home. It is probably 15-20' at a pretty steep grade, very difficult to walk up. It currently has a mix of grass and moss on it, as most of the day it is partial shade (may be deeper shade as the trees fill it) and about 2-3 hours around mid-day of full sun.

Neither the grass, nor the moss are doing a great job with erosion. What can I plant there (preferably without removing the current wispy grass first) that would hold the slope up, but could take the traffic of some sledding in the winter (we would of course wait for decent snow cover)??

We do have vinca minor growing on some other slopes that we could divide and move over, just looking for some other options as well.

Thanks!

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linda_schreiber(z5/6 MI)

Vinca minor is the only non-grass groundcover I can think of that will take both your climate, the slope, and the greatly fun abuse . But if you don't mind a grass slope that you do not have to mow...... you might want to explore Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides). It naturally grows short, so no mowing. It will handle your slope. It is heat and drought resistant, happy with your climate extremes, and is a native grass. It is also readily available in seed, since a lot of people are using this as a lawn alternative. And there will be no problems for it under the snow for lots of sledding abuse.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 8:02PM
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kwaples001

I have a huge steep hill (about 600' X 25') that's currently grass(and weeds)in a 95% sunny location. I'm disabled and my husband keeps trying to kill himself by flipping the mower, so I have to get rid of the grass.

I was thinking about Crown Vetch or Snow on the Mountain but I'm afraid it'll take over my whole yard. I've never heard of Buffalo grass do you think it'll work in my situation? Any thoughts or comments at all would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 3:37PM
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