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I need help about what to do on my steep bank.
It is 50 ft long, 25 ft high and about a 22 degree slope.. Right now it
is covered with weeds and grass and is a real pain to mow. I
was thinking of laying down landscape cloth and covering that with
rip-rap (big rocks) Any and all advice appreciated
Herb


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Herb Eneva wrote:

I need help about what to do on my steep bank.
It is 50 ft long, 25 ft high and about a 22 degree slope.. Right now it
is covered with weeds and grass and is a real pain to mow. I
was thinking of laying down landscape cloth and covering that with
rip-rap (big rocks) Any and all advice appreciated


use more than one layer, use wire mesh (quarter inch)
to keep the chipmunks and other critters from making
holes, use a good thick layer of rocks so that the sun
does not get down to the cloth. this will help prevent
weed seeds from sprouting and will keep the sun from
degrading the fabric. you might want to use a layer
of smaller rocks first before putting the bigger rocks
down as that will also make the ants less likely to
nest underneath.

more work all around yes, but longer lasting and
much less maint through the years. pull weeds before
they root into the fabric (as soon as you see them).


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On Sep 18, 9:28*pm, songbird wrote:
Herb Eneva wrote:
* *I need help about what to do on my steep bank.
It is 50 ft long, 25 ft high and about a 22 degree slope.. *Right now it
is covered with weeds and grass and is a real pain to mow. * * * * * I
was thinking of laying down landscape cloth and covering that with
rip-rap (big rocks) * * * * * * * * Any and all advice appreciated


* use more than one layer, use wire mesh (quarter inch)
to keep the chipmunks and other critters from making
holes, use a good thick layer of rocks so that the sun
does not get down to the cloth. *this will help prevent
weed seeds from sprouting and will keep the sun from
degrading the fabric. *you might want to use a layer
of smaller rocks first before putting the bigger rocks
down as that will also make the ants less likely to
nest underneath.

* more work all around yes, but longer lasting and
much less maint through the years. *pull weeds before
they root into the fabric (as soon as you see them).

* songbird


I'd say the answer to this one depends on what it
needs to look like when it's done, what else is around
it, etc. If it's an area
rarely seen or if it's the thing everyone sees from
the street would suggest different solution.s
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Herb Eneva wrote the following:
I need help about what to do on my steep bank.
It is 50 ft long, 25 ft high and about a 22 degree slope.. Right now it
is covered with weeds and grass and is a real pain to mow. I
was thinking of laying down landscape cloth and covering that with
rip-rap (big rocks) Any and all advice appreciated
Herb



I just let mine go commando. If it's green it stays.
I gave up mowing and planting ground covers on it a few years ago.
It grows to about 3 feet tall and some of it provides some colorful
flowers. You can buy some annual wildflower seed and throw that on the
hill for a surprise next spring. I think I would like to have the colors
rather than the hill looking like the side of a levee.
Since I started to let it go naturally, my neighbor across the street
started to do the same.

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"Herb Eneva" wrote in message ...
I need help about what to do on my steep bank.
It is 50 ft long, 25 ft high and about a 22 degree slope.. Right now it
is covered with weeds and grass and is a real pain to mow. I
was thinking of laying down landscape cloth and covering that with
rip-rap (big rocks) Any and all advice appreciated
Herb


I've got exactly this size and slope hill, and it's been covered with red apple icy plant for 15+ years and hardly any maintenance, water & fertilizer used. I'm definitely not a careful gardener and it grows and grows. Only problem is occasional grassy weeds in the spring where it's not yet covered up the ground. Once it gets established it spread out well and the usual weeds don't come up except from seeds. We get 10 inches of rain a year (or less lately) in S Calif, so I spray some water up there and sometimes liquid fertilzers where there's no shade if they start looking puny, but not more than once or twice a year. Grows over everything like kudzu but doesn't climb the trees. I had some bare spots and learned that it's fairly expensive in the garden shops for flats. But you can just stick a trimming in the ground and it will take off. The ground is hard dry clay here, so I take a drill with a 3/4-inch bit for wood and drill about 5-inch deep, drop a cutting in it and fill with decent dirt. Watered until they took hold. Pretty red flowers (or yellow sometimes -- can't figure that one out) in the spring & summer. Green year round.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ordifolia1.jpg

Guv Bob



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"GuvBob" wrote in message ...
"Herb Eneva" wrote in message ...
I need help about what to do on my steep bank.
It is 50 ft long, 25 ft high and about a 22 degree slope.. Right now it
is covered with weeds and grass and is a real pain to mow. I
was thinking of laying down landscape cloth and covering that with
rip-rap (big rocks) Any and all advice appreciated
Herb


I've got exactly this size and slope hill, and it's been covered with red apple icy plant for 15+ years and hardly any maintenance, water & fertilizer used. I'm definitely not a careful gardener and it grows and grows. Only problem is occasional grassy weeds in the spring where it's not yet covered up the ground. Once it gets established it spread out well and the usual weeds don't come up except from seeds. We get 10 inches of rain a year (or less lately) in S Calif, so I spray some water up there and sometimes liquid fertilzers where there's no shade if they start looking puny, but not more than once or twice a year. Grows over everything like kudzu but doesn't climb the trees. I had some bare spots and learned that it's fairly expensive in the garden shops for flats. But you can just stick a trimming in the ground and it will take off. The ground is hard dry clay here, so I take a drill with a 3/4-inch bit for wood and drill about 5-inch deep, drop a cutting in it and fill with decent dirt. Watered until they took hold. Pretty red flowers (or yellow sometimes -- can't figure that one out) in the spring & summer. Green year round.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ordifolia1.jpg

Guv Bob

--- PS -- I should have said....... used a drill bit for cement. Wood bit might work in softer soil but not here.



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On 9/19/2011 4:05 PM, willshak wrote:
Herb Eneva wrote the following:
I need help about what to do on my steep bank.
It is 50 ft long, 25 ft high and about a 22 degree slope.. Right now it
is covered with weeds and grass and is a real pain to mow. I
was thinking of laying down landscape cloth and covering that with
rip-rap (big rocks) Any and all advice appreciated
Herb



I just let mine go commando. If it's green it stays.
I gave up mowing and planting ground covers on it a few years ago.
It grows to about 3 feet tall and some of it provides some colorful
flowers. You can buy some annual wildflower seed and throw that on the
hill for a surprise next spring. I think I would like to have the colors
rather than the hill looking like the side of a levee.
Since I started to let it go naturally, my neighbor across the street
started to do the same.


Done the same with one of mine. Difficult to establish even ivy, which
some claim is invasive, but not when there are deer around. Fortunately
it is in the back of the house where no one can see and in my
neighborhood, which is very hilly, lot of folks let the whole back yard
grow wild.

I have one bank taken over nicely with a mixture of vinca minor and day
lillies. Deer don't eat the periwinkle and can't keep up with the day
lillies.


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