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Old 04-08-2013, 12:52 PM
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What type of seed? & A fixfor my steep slope mowing issues

Hi all,

Its been a while since I have been on the forum. Last time I was here I was working on a John Deere mower, my entire yard is comprised of several 35-50 degree slopes.
Long story short I decided to flip the John Deere and break a few ribs.... No more mowing these banks for me....So a friend of mine and I set out to build something to mow these slopes, and other rough areas that might need some cleaning up....I will have a video attached at the bottom.
Also I live in Western NC, I am in the erosion/storm water supply business but I only deal in typical type NC DOT seed (fescues, rye grain, millet, lespedeza, ETC) I am wondering what you guys would suggest for a residential STEEP bank that will never be mowed or trimmed. Something that doesnt look like a weed, just let it grow and fall over?

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Old 04-09-2013, 11:27 AM
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There must be some herbaceous ground covers that can look nice with very little maintenance... I do grass slopes with string trimmers...
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:42 PM
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Goats rather enjoy steep slopes. You might need to string some electic invisible fence.
Think of all the free milk.
Gotta cave? You can make some great cheese.

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:48 PM
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Try weeping lovegrass, but don't try to mow it, it doesn't tolerate it very well. As for your mower, no insult intended, just constructive criticism: Looks like it's cutting too low, and I didn't see it doing very well on steep slopes. Look on youtube, there are other RC mowers out there, already. Spider, IIRR
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:08 PM
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Spider video: http://youtu.be/CBHBz15MyNE
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:26 PM
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Around here we have used crown vetch before, also used on the side of roads quite a bit.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:23 AM
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Dave,
That Spider is awesome, but WHEEEW PRICEY!!!!
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:27 AM
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Around here we have used crown vetch before, also used on the side of roads quite a bit.
I sell Crown Vetch for NC DOT useage, I like Vetch but don't want to have to contain it, it will spread. I am going to try a muxture of:
Hard fescue
Sheep fescue
Chewings fescue
Red Fescue
Creeping red fescue

This was made up by one of my seed growers for use on Golf course banks that cannot me mowed. I hope it works!
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:31 AM
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Here are some updated video's. It actually does VERY well on slopes. In the videos it doesnt seem like the slopes are as steep as they are, but I dont have any slopes less than 35 degree, in the video where the tree is to the right on the mower the bank its climbing is 50 degree or better.




http://youtu.be/5V568P6OYqo


http://youtu.be/7AH-EY0pZgc

http://youtu.be/bpfVbrX4_jE
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