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Best ground covered for hillside #775303

Asked October 13, 2021, 6:52 PM EDT

I had blackberries mulched on our hillside. The dirt is sandy. What ground cover would you recommend to stabilize it? Our property is located on Riverside SW, Albany. See pix attached. Please feel free to call me directly on my cell phone at 541.740.4000. I appreciate you assistance with this asap. Skip Hamilton

Linn County Oregon

Expert Response

Hi Skip,  Thank you for contacting "ask extension" with your question on ground cover.  I'm going to send you links to a lot of information. I'm attaching an article which discusses two native grasses that are good for erosion control. Both are types of wild rye. ("Arlington" and "Elkton"). You could plant the grass now and then changeover to something else next year. https://today.oregonstate.edu/archives/1997/oct/native-grasses-tapped-revegetation-erosion-control

Other good options for ground cover would be Coastal Strawberry (Fragaria chilioensis) and Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). https://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/native-groundcovers-are-great-home-landscapes

Here is a link with pictures of more ground covers you could use: http://www.pnwplants.wsu.edu/Groundcovers.aspx

And if you would like to use shrubs instead, here is a list of trees and shrubs for erosion control: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/collection/trees-shrubs-erosion-control

There is a lot of material here!  Let me know if you would like help narrowing down your options.

Love your dog!

Deborah Kern Replied October 13, 2021, 8:36 PM EDT
Tnx for the great info. I will take a look. The dog is Yoda and his brother is Luke Skywalker. See attached.

On Wed, Oct 13, 2021, 5:37 PM Ask Extension <askextension@eduworks.com> wrote:
Skip Hamilton Replied October 14, 2021, 1:12 AM EDT

Too cute!

Deb

Deborah Kern Replied October 14, 2021, 12:46 PM EDT

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