Gardening problem quick covering plants

I have just built a house which has a large garden. The house was cut into the hill and as such I now have massive areas of steep slopes which need covering to prevent erosion and to look nicer. The question is what plants can I put on this sloping land that cover very quickly and can live in sandy soil. A plant that can be grown from seed would be good as the house cost a fortune and I am now very poor :)
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Stevenl wrote:

Where are you and what season is it?
If the temperature is suitable then a quick short-term solution is some sort of grass using the word in the broader sense. This would include things like millet. Go to the nearest farm produce store where you can get advice relevant to your climate and buy seed in large bags.
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Our advice is no good since we do not know where you live, let alone in which direction the garden slopes. Your best bet is to ask neighbours whose properties are similar. (A friend of mine gardens very succesfully on a southeast slope in Hants: but his experience would be little use to you in Norfolk or Wales.)
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Stevenl;903670 Wrote:

I think I should come clean and confess that I am a complete gardening numpty. This is the first time I have had a large garden, and I mean large over 2 acres which is going to keep me busy for the next 2 years at least. The garden is in France it is north facing but gets plenty of sun until late afternoon. The soil is sandy. we get blazing hot summers and short very cold winters and a bit of rain. The area is called the Cruese in south central France. Can everybody please be patient with me because there is going to be lots of posts from me asking advice until I get a little more expert at this gardening business.
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Stevenl wrote:

i would terrace it (step up gardens). i'm not sure about fast growing and sandy soil (in combination), but there might be a grass that you can use, but the thing is, if it isn't native and it's fast growing then it can soon be invasive and a pest for controlling. terraces can slow things down and let you work with more plants.
they have that netting/mesh that can hold soil while seedlings get established. i've never had to use the stuff myself (very flat land hereabouts), but i see it being used all the time along roadways and other places where there are steeper slopes. i am not sure but they might also spray the soil with some kind of seedbearing coating which helps stick things together before putting the mesh down, but i'm not certain about that.
good luck,
two acres, that's a lot of garden... :)
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