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by Katherine Morehouse
on November 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM
I use geranium biokovo on my hillside, draught tolerant, shade tolerant. Deer will eat it, but it will grow right back. I use take shoots from my current plantings -- and they are both on irrigated and unirrigated hillsides, poke a hole in the ground during the rainy season, and by the end of the season, they are established in their new location. It also has a dreamy smell.
by Stephen I Morse
on November 9, 2015 at 10:19 AM
Great suggestion... will be interesting to learn from you how much "drought" survival mode they can endure
by Kairi Gainsborough
on January 24, 2019 at 4:33 PM
It is great that planting shrubs and trees can stabilize the soil on an incline. I wonder how you would stabilize the soil if you have to build over it. I'm sure there are more methods than just plants.  
I'm the CCMG Editor responding to your comment/question above... and yes there are more methods for slope stabilization than just plants... and the geotech company you show in your request is a good start... not knowing where you are located there are many companies around most areas that could probably solve your "problem" personal experience would be to get a geotech consultant to propose options... look around your neighborhood to see if someone has similar building conditions solved and ask them to see what and how they did it... ask several to get ideas and then search for consultants in your area... telephone sources and internet web site are good starts as well... get multiple sources... slope stabilization where you're building over it are tricky ... for instance here in California, if you build a retaining wall over 3-4 feet high you will need a building permit and probably a licensed engineer to sign plans for the permit.
by Camille Devaux
on May 16, 2019 at 2:54 PM
Using water requirements is a great idea that I didn't think to do. This would be a great way to make sure that you are not harming your landscape. My sister might like knowing this as she looks for an erosion control service.  
MGCC Editor: for example without recommendation:
Reply by Steve I Morse
on May 20, 2019 at 10:22 AM
see edited comments above
by Sarah Smith
on July 29, 2019 at 9:08 AM
Great tips!
by Daphne Gilpin
on July 29, 2019 at 9:10 AM
Thanks for explaining that plant selection is an important part of erosion control. My husband and I bought a home with a sloped yard. Your article gave me some ideas about what to discuss with an erosion control professional.
by Shayla Cademis
on August 2, 2019 at 9:36 AM
Thanks for the suggestion to plant a variety of plants to stabilize the soil. My husband and I recently bought a property that has a fairly large slope in our backyard. Hopefully we can find a local contractor who can help us figure out the best solution for stabilizing soil in our yard.
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