where to find local help?
When we built our house 6 years ago a large, steep hillside was cleared by necessity. Since then we've had to stringtrim it--a big cost in man-hours as well as gasoline.
I want to convert this hillside into a low maintenance permaculture with native plants, including edibles, if possible, but I don't know how to begin. Over the 6 years I have planted some fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs to reduce the stringtrimming but installing over an acre of groundcover has daunted me.
I don't have lots of money for a landscape architect nor lots of time to study (though right now I am reading through Edible Forest Gardens, only have on loan til 5/31). Most of the "advice" I'll get from local nurseries and the extension service is likely to be conventional--"put in carpet junipers" (actual quote!)
What is the best and easiest/quickest way for me to make a positive change on this hillside? Who locally may be able to advise me inexpensively?
thanks for any advice!