planting a dry shaded hillside

maggiewp(6)May 16, 2007

Hello. We moved into a house that in the back is gradually sloped and wooded (~15 large oaks and numerous saplings on 1/4 acre in back). There is dappled shade mostly. There are a few ferns (wild) and low growth "shrubs"and I've planted some hostas successfully, but the problem is that the soil is not great up there and water runs off of it. We have tried to compost leaves but mostly leaves on the hillside blow down closer to our house so we end up having to rake them to the curb for leaf pickup. Note that it is pretty much impossible to get a chipper back there because of the way our propery is configured. I'm looking for ideas of how to get this area looking better and what I might plant. Basically from the first floor of our house you look out onto the floor of the hillside. If that weren't the ccase, it wouldn't look so drab, FYI in front of this area is a steeper sunny hill that has a beautiful stone wall in front of it. I have been fairly successful with perennials there, but am having some trouble keeping the top of it (where it is steepest) planted. Ivy and vinca that started at the top is migrating down towards the stone wall and competing with my perennials. I'd post a photo if I knew how! Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

What you could do with the leaves is corral them in temporary cages at least three feet high and wide, open on top and left to rot down for a year or so. They turn into leaf mould that can then be used to improve the soil. It is also useful for adding to potting media but only for acid-loving plants.

The oak roots are always going to be a challenge for gardening. If oak stands are native to your area, and ferns already grow there, what might you do to increase the fern population in suitable places? One thing that might work is to leave branches on the ground to rot down and trap water/leaves behind them. Fungi will sprout there and break down the wood, which then forms a useful moisture-holding base for ferns, mosses, and woodland plants. If you have a rocky soil you can use partial rock barriers but they're not as useful as branches and small logs.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 2:03AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Steep front yard hill?
We have a very steep front yard hill that I have no...
garden-of-simple
Planting pockets for steep slope?
I've been mulling over how to plant something on my...
cakbu
Plants for Swampy Hill
What low maintenance plants would be good for a hill...
edlincoln
Hillside Erosion
I have a serious problem that my city calls a common...
empressb
suggestion for stopping or slowing down rain water on hill
Hello friends, Feel frustrated now, After finished...
dhaval
Sponsored Products
Dome Terrarium
$99.99 | Dot & Bo
Safavieh Chairs Plated Silver Lantana Garden Patio Stool ACS4545B
Home Depot
Jaipur Metro Aarika Area Rug - RUG110367
$62.00 | Hayneedle
Red Carpet Studios Scrapbook Birdhouse - 40812
$24.99 | Hayneedle
Anderson Teak Montebello Deep Seating Conversation Set - SR-035-TERRACOTTA
Hayneedle
Bougainvillea Silk Plant Hanging Basket
Overstock.com
Brella Floor Lamp by Trend Lighting
$280.00 | Lumens
In the Rough Wall Hangings - Set of 6
| Dot & Bo
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™