substitutes for crown vetch
In my community we have a problem area - it is a corner of our site that the developer wiped out (used to be forest) and then seeded with some sort of annual grass mixed with rocks and terrible top soil.
Anyway, we have had to pay a good bit to have the area mowed / bush hogged - it looks terrible too.
part of it is on a slope that leads up to neighbors homes so insects are an issue in terms of planting on the top of the slope.
One neighbor is advocating planting crown vetch in this rather large area as it will quickly populate and cover things. I feel this is a bad idea due to it being invasive and not native, but i am unsure of what our alternatives are.
Can anyone assist me with some good information / links / etc that might help with selecting a good ground cover (possible a native meadow of some sort) .. and perhaps something towards the top of the slope that would be "neater" and less attrative to 'wildlife' for those who live right on the edge of the slope?
I really would like to present a good argument against crown vetch, however the area needs to look 'nice' in order for the residents to accept it.
thank you for any suggestions!