Question from Howard:
We are a Homeowners association with a steep bank, 45 degrees or steeper, three blocks long and about 30 feet high. What drought tolerant plant(s) would you recommend? Also, what ground cover, if any, would you recommend to replace grass areas?
Answer from Pat:
Before I can answer your question, I need to know where you live. Plants are adapted to certain regions and not to others. I cannot give you any suggestions for what to plant without knowing where you live. For example, what if you live in the Middle West, or Arizona, or New England? Your question gives me no clue. My recommendations for planting a bank in each of these regions would be totally different. Also, if you live in Southern California, or anywhere in the west, please tell me what Sunset Climate Zone you live in. (Please do not give me the USDA Climate Zone since they are not specific enough.) If you give me your Sunset Climate Zone, I will know what plants to recommend. Also, please refer to my suggestions to other readers who have written with questions about planting a bank. Perhaps I have already described a bank planting that will perfectly fill your needs. You will find many suggestions included in the answers given on the following link: Plant to Prevent Erosion on a Steep Hillside.
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