I have a hillside lot in a semi-rural setting (SW Ohio area) that is
eroding rather rapidly. Does anyone have a suggestion of a
low-maintenance plant that would slow or stop erosion while being
resistant to pollution from the adjacent highway?
Low-maintenance 'cuz I don't live there and can't drive 50 miles every
week to mow & etc.
Whichever plant you choose, I would suggest laying down an erosion control
blanket first, then planting through the blanket. Curlex is one brand name
that woks well, as well as various other jutte fiber types of blankets. This
will stabilize the soil while the plants root in.
There's a perennial legume called birdsfoot trefoil that is great for
erosion prevention. The highway department frequently seeds it on disturbed,
construction areas, and it produces a splash of bright yellow flowers that
is attractive. It isn't as tall as crown vetch, which I consider a plus. It
has attributes for wildlife that you might like.
Check out this site: http://www.wildlifeseeds.com/info/trefoil.html or do
you own Google search.
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