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The Best Plants to Prevent Erosion & Stabilize Steep Slopes & Shorelines

June 5th, 2023 - Amber Nestor - Firm Owner & Principal Broker - Trillium Cascade LLC




Everyone who owns property, or plans to own property, ever, should click the link above and read it.


It is an excellent source of information.


Ever notice those nasty burnt looking brown spots in peoples' lawns? Or notice erosion becoming a problems on a hill, steep slope, or shoreline?


One of many ways you can combat that is by planting plants with VERY deep root systems.


Side Note: How did I learn about this? Well, I used to own a garden center, and spent a great deal of time studying plants, seeds, propagation, and native species. It was something that intrigued me, and I have always been passionate about studying. I spent many years battle with my health, and as a result of having many surgeries, had a lot of time to study and read and research while stuck in bed. During those years a learned a ton about health, fitness, nutrition, plants, animals, and organic and native companion methods of gardening, and soil enrichment. It was fascinating and something I continue to love to read about today.


Buffalo Grass is a great selection, but there are some ornamentals with beautiful flowers in this pdf file above that you can utilize too!


Ever notice that the types of ferns you commonly find at your local garden centers die every year, and you have to rebuy them, but the ones in the mountains always come back, bigger? Well, that is by design.


Seek out and buy ferns species that are found natively, and they will be genetically adapted to withstand the weather here, and the soil types, and they will come back.


Similar concepts. A little Buffalo Grass can really make a big difference. Check out the Prairie Dropseed, Black Eyed Susan, and Common Ninebark too.


Have your mower / landscaper use a much higher setting on the mower. That'll help to keep things beautiful.


Native species can be so helpful. If you still are not convinced, watch "The Dust Bowl" documentary on PBS.


Last, but not least, never use Round-Up or anything like it. It's poisoning the water, the land, and everything, and all of us. Have a problem area that you want to change the look of? First, wait, and let it grow for 12 months in that section. You may be shocked to witness flowers and beauty that you never knew was trying to grow there. If you absolutely can't make peace with the beauty of nature, or you have something truly problematic happening or invasive and detrimental, use a tiller, and then mulch it up nice and thick.


I pray that God blesses you with health, wealth, and wisdom this beautiful Summer Day.


Amber Nestor - Firm Owner & Principal Broker

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