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RE: Help with Landscaping a Slope (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: hydrogenie on 10.18.2009 at 02:01 pm in Hillside Gardening Forum

just common sense.
lots of CLEAN mulch 6inch. chips or bark. Disturb the surface annually to kill new seedlings then add a thin layer of new mulch. Dont plant ivy. Use Gin,Vinegar or boiling water to kill stubborn deep rooted weeds.

work from the top down when clearing. a little each day.
You can use filter fabric to block weeds that cant be completely pulled. Costco has this in a big roll. dont use black plastic.

You may want to put in a drip system first while you are at it. No digging necessary. It should just be buried in the mulch. Depends on what you want growing there.

I found the major difficulty always seems to be seeds from outside the area depositing on top of your work. Either by wind,water or birds. In severe case every 2-4 years remove and replace a 1-inch layer of mulch.

If you have a very steep slope evaluate your erosion control. Water is controlled by swales, trees, divert runoff from uphill non-permiable areas around the slope.

If its a typical gentle sloping front yard then plant some native ground cover and properly sized ornimentals. Depends on you area.
If its a shaded woodland then add more shade. Your weeds and grass are probably taking advantage of the avilable sun.
My favorites for WA groundcovers good on slopes are kanick-kanick and lithosprum(sp-blue flowering stuff) Its very impressive and will flower for a very long season if watered with drip). Also ice plant for sunny location (vivid pink flowers and indestructable through freeeze and blow torch - not considered invasive in WA). All can grow by transplanting cuttings by the way.

Last but not least. Look at similar solutions nearby and ask the owners. When they trim groundcover is also a good time to start cuttings. So ask.

Here is a link that might be useful: My sloped rear yard

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RE: Starting a hillside vegetable garden (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: planatus on 05.19.2010 at 06:52 pm in Hillside Gardening Forum

Yes, squash of all types will be good because they will help smother the grass, which will make it easy to expand. Starting small is always good. Little cherry tomatoes like Sweet 100 and Sun Gold are fruity-sweet, kids love them.

Looks like a great site you have there. Saw this picture of a mature hillside vegetable garden, thought it was worth sharing.

Here is a link that might be useful: hillside vegetable garden

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My hill rock garden needs help

posted by: butterfly4u on 08.18.2009 at 11:21 pm in Hillside Gardening Forum

My hill "rock" garden doesn't look that great.
It was a lot of money and work, and the dirt itself on the hill is clay, which is covered in sand.
I added lots of manure when I planted the plants, and they are alive, but the water in a storm is doing alot of damage, and it just looks like I should do something further to keep soil on hill.
ANy ideas and suggestions are welcome, please.
Thanks.
Rock Garden
Rock Garden 2
Rock Garden 3
The hill is steep, but I can get a wheel barrel up it with effort. I put cinderblocks in for stairs.

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