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Old 02-19-2017, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Grass or ground cover for sunny, dry bank?

I have a long stretch of bank that is about 45* steep and is fairly sunny and dry--and not located where I can easily water it.

Any suggestions for a good grass or ground cover that is low-maintenance, easily established and available in large flats?

Right now I'm thinking little bluestem or some of the red switchgrass.

Am I missing something obvious? What do you all recommend?

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:26 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:22 PM   #3
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Little bluestem and switchgrass should should work very well.

Like RockerBOO I would recommend including some flowers to add interest and to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

A few additional plants that you might consider if they are native to your area:

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)
Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain)
Callirhoe involucrata (Purple Poppy Mallow)
Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell)
Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-leaf coreopsis)
Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)
Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)

Koeleria macrantha (June Grass)
Bouteloua curtipendula (Side-oats Grama)

Most of these should be available in large flat quantities. You might also consider plugs, although they would be a little more risky without watering during the establishment period.

There is a list of Maryland nurseries at this link:
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Old 02-21-2017, 07:06 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions!

I usually try to get my plants from Adkins Arboretum or Environmental Concern.

Hadn't considered flowers, but will reevaluate.

For plugs, I can maybe set up a soaker hose and an unused rain barrel down there to water. . .
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bank, cover, dry, grass, ground, sunny

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