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Wednesday - May 20, 2009

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Groundcovers
Title: Ground cover for slippery slope
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I am looking for a ground cover for a slippery slope. Do you have any suggestions?

ANSWER:

We have some suggestions, but you probably wouldn't want to hear them. Our recommendation for slippery slope groundcover is equal parts patience with the same question asked 47 times, pleasure in talking to others about plants, and a low dose of sarcasm, when appropriate.
 

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