Need help with a decomposed granite hillside

wdsonnyApril 3, 2012

I have a very large, fairly steep hillside (30-45 degrees) in my backyard that is mostly decomposed granite. It is extremely hard to dig in, the only thing that grows is weeds, and it is in almost full sun. I am trying to find some type of ground cover that does not attract bees, that is pretty low maintenance. It is impossible to get a mower up the hill, and I'm not sure how to even turn the dirt to prep for planting as it is covered in weeds and you can't get an aerator up there due to the slope. Any suggestions on what to plant? Any ideas on how to kill the current weeds? There are also multiple tree stumps, and now some of the bushes are regrowing.

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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

Zone?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 2:05AM
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barnhardt9999(8a)

You could do figs trees. No maintenance, no bees and thick enough foliage to block out light for the weeds. Full sun, marginal decomposed limesound on a steep hill pretty much sounds like a fig's natural habitat.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 12:22PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

We are in the same boat, but we have hundreds of gophers, and every tree we plant MUST be inside a gopher basket. We have citrus and figs ready to go in, but between the rocks and the gopher slaying, it takes one day to plant one tree.

I never thought that the trees would shade and block the weeds. That is a good point!

I bought myself a sturdy hiking staff for support going down that slippery decomposed granite hillside, and it really helps!

Check out the fig forum. There are many fig varieties that you never heard of that are delicious. They are nothing like what you buy commercially!

Suzi

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:40AM
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