Utilitarian Plants For erosion Control???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by New2TheGreenIndustry, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Hi guys,

    Here is a retention pond in GA where the walls are washing out. I need to find a plant material that will hold the hill. I've seen a clumping grass approx 12-18" used on hillsides, but not sure what it's called. Nothing fancy, just need the root structure to hold the soil.

    Prior to planting I had planned to use a harley rake to work over the soil.

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  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kudzu...........
     
  3. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Ha. Yeah, I bet it do real well.

    Anyone ever use prairie dropseed?
     
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I guess you could sod it with emarld zoyisa.
     
  5. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    We talked about seeding it with Bermuda, because its probably the hardiest of the bunch. Though the area is not mow-able and takes 1.5 hours to line trim as it is. I would like to find something that has zero maintenance.
     
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a couple of accounts with small areas that I couldnt get a mower in without carrying it. They heve emerald zoyisa. I hit them witht the week wacker a couple of times a year.

    Rocks would be zero maintance, but pricey
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm with Larry on this, zoysia would be a good solution.
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  8. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I'm trying to get away from anything that has to be mowed. I'm only talking about reworking the slopes, which are pretty steep in some areas.
     
  9. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Whatever you use, it will have to be able to be flooded and also handle lengths of dry times. Ideally, the plants should have growth that lies on the slope to slow water movement on the slope as well as having roots that hold the soil in place. Next, you have to think of maintenance (catching trash, managing height, access to maintain the drainage area, ...). Finally, think about the aesthetics.

    I don't know what fits the criteria in your area, but if you narrow down your choices based on the combination of criteria you need to match, it won't be a huge list.
     
  10. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Native perrenial grasses
    Crown Vetch
     

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