From:Tully, NY Region: Northeast Topic: Shade Tolerant Title: Groundcover to reduce erosion for shady area in New York Answered by: Nan Hampton
We live on a lake with gravelly and clay soils, lots of wind and little sun. I am looking for a native ground cover that will help reduce erosion over some of the steep slopes facing south (under shade trees)
Grasses are ideal for controlling erosion on steep slopes because they develop extensive fibrous root systems that hold the soil. Most grasses do best in sun or partial shade. Your lack of sun limits the choice for grasses and grass-like plants (sedges), but there are a few possibilities. I have also recommended some low growing shrubs and ferns that will tolerate clay soils. All of the plants have been recorded in, or adjacent to, Onondaga County, New York:
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