crown vetch anyone... a 'bane or blessing'? ...

vieja_gw(z7NM)January 19, 2012

My nephew lives on 5 acres of dirt, weeds & a few cactus at 6800-7000 ft. elevation flat plains & the soil is like clay or caliche: after recent snows the drive is a muddy ditch but when dry is like cement!

Was wondering if he planted something like crown vetch if it would put down deep roots to stabilize this soil? I realize it can become invasive but under the nephew's conditions I think it even then would have a hard time becoming invasive! What ever was planted would have to survive on the minimal rainfall there & moderate winter snows. Area full of jackrabbits, gophers, etc. Any ideas appreciated!!

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theresa2(z5)

Definitely a bane.

Here's a list of native plants for NM, some specifically state that they are good for erosion control.

http://www.plantnative.org/rpl-az.htm

Also, you might want to contact NM State Forestry Division for some advice and/or assistance.

Here is a link that might be useful: NM State Forestry Division

    Bookmark   April 8, 2012 at 5:53PM
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