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Saturday - November 03, 2012

From: Lakeland, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Erosion Control, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Erosion control from Lakeland FL
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

What native Ground cover is best for erosion control on slope of lake-front? Prefer not too invasive for this northern facing area behind a seawall and near large Oak tree.

ANSWER:

Generally speaking, the best plants for erosion control are grasses. Here is a previous Mr. Smarty Plants answer on virtually the same question; it is from Pinellas County on the West coast of Central Florida and very near your location in Polk County, so we believe most of the information would apply to your situation.

 

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