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

Posted by vieja z7NM (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 19, 12 at 18:20

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

Definitely a bane.

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

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

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