Suggestions for Groundcover on Steep Hill

fleemo17(z9 CA)July 5, 2011

My brother has a beautiful home, but his back yard consists of steep hills. (See photo.) He's put down sod on part of his yard, but he's having a difficult time keeping it looking good. He's thinking about some kind of ground cover over a chunk of it to alleviate the eye sore that it is now. The soil is pretty much hard and rocky. Any suggestions on ground cover or anything else that would grow on a steep hill like this? I like the idea of ground cover roses, but those would require a good mulch to look good and I'm assuming it'd be hard to keep mulch in place on such a steep incline.

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fleemo17(z9 CA)

By the way, it's pretty much full sun here in Zone 9.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 7:36PM
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WHen the rain hits the top, it runs really fast down that hill, that is why he will have a hard time keeping grass on it, not impossible, but I can't even imagine mowing that.
The idea of gardening on a hill, (he has a great hill), is to slow down the rain.
I would plant some small trees, and under the trees, I would put rocks, sort of make it look like a rock garden.
The trees will slow down the rain from the sky and also slow it down when it is running down hill.
THen I would plant some shrubs, med sized and some tall ones, then I would plant some ornamental grasses, (there is a great variety out there), and finally, I would plant some flowering perenialls, like lantana, daylillies, St. Johns wart, ect.
I don't rake the leaves, I let them stay on the hill and rot. So, make sure he picks some decidious trees, and some evergreens, like some kind of cypress.
Try to get him excited about it, and start with the trees first, all those plants are expensive, especially when the hill is that big.
It's all worth it in the end, each year everything will grow in more and look nice. It takes a while.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 10:58PM
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