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Expanded Shale - where to buy?

posted by: blsrx10 on 04.02.2013 at 03:28 am in California Gardening Forum


Newbie gardener here trying to fix up a huge slope that's in my back yard. Have been trying to read up as much as possible on this site and so far I've concluded that the soil on the slope is mostly clay and the reason it is drying up and cracking is because it lacks organic matter or nutrients.

Found many articles/posts here recommending the use of expanded shale, but all local nurseries I called have no clue what I'm asking for - most times i have to spell it out for them since they sound surprised when I ask for it. Can anyone point me to a good supplier in OC area where I can buy it for a reasonable price?


clipped on: 04.03.2013 at 01:25 am    last updated on: 04.03.2013 at 01:25 am

Alternative to Turface?

posted by: jajm4 on 05.22.2009 at 05:31 pm in Container Gardening Forum

I think I posted my question in the wrong thread before, so I'm trying a new one to be sure.

I can't get Turface MVP here. I've checked a million places, and tried the locaters, and no dice. Is there anything that makes a good substitute?


clipped on: 04.02.2013 at 02:57 am    last updated on: 04.02.2013 at 02:57 am

huge slope!!!! need groundcover! which invasive?

posted by: aluminex on 04.11.2011 at 05:28 pm in Groundcovers Forum

I was looking for some suggestions on possible ground cover for a huge slope I have in my yard. /zone6/invasive/

The slope drops off on the east side of my lawn about 70 degrees and into a ditch. Each year weeds are ramped on the slope and I can't even manage to climb the majority of the hill to weed-eat it. It's simply to steep! I have been doing some research on groundcover and finally decided to post in hopes of finding someone with a similar experience.

I live in zone 6 and the area would be 1/2 shade - 1/2 sun! I would like something that is extremely invasive and hearty! I know I will need to maintain weeds in this area occasionally but again I don't enjoy the thought of climbing this hill and falling into a ditch.


groumd cover
clipped on: 03.26.2013 at 01:25 am    last updated on: 03.26.2013 at 01:25 am

RE: hillside problem; cannot hold amendments (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: wonbyherwits on 07.10.2008 at 07:03 pm in Landscape Design Forum

In my experience, it's difficult to seed a hill for all the reasons that you've experienced. We tried and tried to grow grass and finally turned our short slope into a huge mixed border/flower garden.

Planting potted perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses with roots will do more to hold the ground in place and survive. I create pockets to level out each spot as shown by Catkim's example. I know it sounds more expensive, but it's less likely to wash away and more likely to bloom and prosper for you in the long run.

I'm assuming that you have full sun for this site? If so, you've got a great place for a butterfly/hummingbird garden. The majority of those plants that I use are deer resistant and drought tolerant (once established). That mix is the closest that I can think of to give you the wildflower look.

Asclepias tuberosa (drought) or incarnata (moist)
bronze fennel

Ornamental grasses like miscanthus and panicum are great.

buddleia 'Pink Delight' is a prolific bloomer and almost evergreen for me in zone 7, cut back in late winter
spirea 'Neon Flash' (leafs out early)
lantana 'Ham and Eggs' (has to be cut back in spring, so it's not real attractive over the winter)
caryopteris (like lantana)


Here is a link that might be useful: lots of examples in my blog


clipped on: 03.26.2013 at 12:43 am    last updated on: 03.26.2013 at 12:43 am

Please identify this shrub

posted by: blsrx10 on 03.25.2013 at 02:48 am in Name That Plant Forum

Please help identify this shrub.


clipped on: 03.25.2013 at 03:20 pm    last updated on: 03.25.2013 at 03:20 pm

Please ID this tree

posted by: blsrx10 on 03.21.2013 at 12:55 am in Name That Plant Forum

We have this in our yard, trying to figure out everything we have so we can maintain it. Please let me know the name of this tree.


red tree
clipped on: 03.21.2013 at 12:57 am    last updated on: 03.21.2013 at 12:57 am

Is this a weed?

posted by: blsrx10 on 03.21.2013 at 12:56 am in Name That Plant Forum

Can anyone help me find out what this is? seems to be spreading fast.


clipped on: 03.21.2013 at 12:56 am    last updated on: 03.21.2013 at 12:56 am

RE: Please help identifying this grass (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: AustinGarden on 03.19.2013 at 05:07 pm in Name That Plant Forum

Pampas grass or fountain grass.


my yard grass
clipped on: 03.21.2013 at 12:44 am    last updated on: 03.21.2013 at 12:44 am