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Prevent Erosion & Landslides With These Gardening Tips

by Rob Lowenthal 03/03/2023

Planting anything on an incline might seem like more trouble than it's worth. However, if your yard has any slopes, you could be at risk for soil erosion and landslides. The best way to avoid them is to plant trees, shrubs or other plants on the slope to strengthen the ground. Here are some tips for gardening on a slope:

The Best Plants to Grow on a Slope

There are several different types of plants that will grow well on a slope. One type is ground-cover plants that spread out to form a mat of vegetation and roots. Plants that have deep roots and plants that grow multiple stems from the same root are also beneficial. Try ornamental grasses, sprawling shrub roses and clover.

It's also important to consider the environmental needs of the plants you choose. If you have a sunny slope, try catmint, creeping juniper, rosemary and purple coneflower. If your slope is mostly shaded, opt for carpet cypress, periwinkle or pachysandra.

Plants to Avoid

You'll want to avoid planting things that grow tall but have shallow root systems. Some examples of trees to avoid because of their roots would be cottonwood or cypress. Both have shallow roots that make them risky to plant around your home and on a slope. Instead of helping prevent erosion, they might cause more damage if they fall during a landslide.

You'll also want to avoid any invasive species that could threaten the local ecosystem. Some invasive plants, like English ivy and vinca, grow quickly and can invade neighboring yards if not properly maintained. Research what plants might be problematic in your area before you get started with your gardening.

What About Turf?

Most experts will advise against laying grass turf on a slope. However, if the incline is shallow enough and you don't mind the extra mowing effort, turf can work well on some slopes. The key issue with turf on a slope is watering, as water will drain downhill instead of evenly saturating the lawn. Keep this in mind if you live in a particularly dry climate that would require regular watering.

By using any of these ideas you will be able to plant an eye-catching and effective garden on a slope. Consider these options to prevent erosion and protect your property from possible landslides.

About the Author

Rob Lowenthal

“I sell your home like it's mine”

A licensed real estate salesperson since 2016, Rob is affiliated with the Briarcliff Manor office of Corcoran Legends Realty. He serves buyers, sellers, renters, in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. Rob, a native of New York and Westchester County for most of his life, brings an extensive local knowledge of both residential and commercial properties to the table. His experience includes a wide range of property types – single-family, multi-family, condos and mixed use. “Hard to sell” properties is where Rob really excels. “There’s no problem that cannot be solved.”

Rob is certified for many different disciplines in real estate. Cartus Relocation Network Agent, AARP Agent, National Tenants Network (NTN) Agent, Green certified and Pricing Strategies Master. In addition, Rob has completed the Leader’s Edge Advanced training to better serve his clients. Rob has been both associate of the month and top closed dollar agent.

When you work with Rob, you get the feeling you’re his only client. Numbers don’t count, you do. Clients always come first. Each transaction is handled as if it were his own home. Rob strives to make the process as seamless as possible and takes care of all the details, no matter how small. His clients rave about his above-and-beyond service and prompt informative communication. Rob is easy going, friendly, and patient. However he can be a determined and aggressive negotiator when the need arises.

When not out actively working on behalf of his clients, Rob spends time with his wife and two teenage daughters. A devoted supporter of community he sits on several local boards and volunteers for numerous locale nonprofit organizations. He enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking and winter skiing.

May your price be right, and your sale be swift!”