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Old 20th September 2009, 05:02 PM   #1
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Plants for a steep bank?

Ideas for planting a large north facing steep bank. Clay but there will be good top soil.
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Old 20th September 2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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Re: Plants for a steep bank?

Hi Carlos and welcome to lsb

What sort of plants do you like? I'd plant flax...but then I always do Do you want low cover or something shrubby?

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Old 20th September 2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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Please noone say agapanthus

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Old 20th September 2009, 05:51 PM   #4
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Re: Plants for a steep bank?

Welcome Carlos, okay Tiggs what about gorse, that grows really well and roots hold things in place
Seriously though this has some really good guides and ideas.
http://www.arc.govt.nz/albany/fms/ma...0guide%206.pdf
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Old 20th September 2009, 05:53 PM   #5
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Welcome Carlos, okay Tiggs what about gorse, that grows really well and roots hold things in place
and ideas.
Also fixes nitrogen well I actually don't have a gripe with gorse, darned good nursery crop if managed right.
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Old 21st September 2009, 06:11 PM   #6
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Also fixes nitrogen well I actually don't have a gripe with gorse, darned good nursery crop if managed right.
Me too; gorse is the only thing holding our soil from running down the rivers in many places & it acts as a great nursery for natural regeneration of our native bush.
Gorse bows out once the light has gone off it.
It stands guard for many years as seed & if the cover is cut it comes back to be the soil guardian again.

I have sure changed my mind about it over the years. From 245T to love, it could be called.
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Old 21st September 2009, 06:56 PM   #7
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Re: Plants for a steep bank?

I've just planted out a steep bank from where the land was excavated for an arena. Yep, I planted flax. They are so good for colonising well and holding up the bank. I laid left over old hay between the plants to help stabilise it till the flax take hold and to slow down the weeds coming through.
How steep do you mean? There's also poplars. They take off easily and are known to slow down erosion on steep hillsides.
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Old 22nd September 2009, 01:27 PM   #8
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arctotis.......grow easily from cuttings....took mine from the side of the road....they keep the weeds down too.
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Old 23rd September 2009, 04:26 PM   #9
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What about this stuff?

http://www.vetivernurseries.co.nz/

Was it MM who used it? I think for those areas where it grows, it can be pretty amazing.
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