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What type of seed? & A fixfor my steep slope mowing issues

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by real57vetteguy, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. real57vetteguy

    real57vetteguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    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?


  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    There must be some herbaceous ground covers that can look nice with very little maintenance... I do grass slopes with string trimmers...
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,561

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013
  4. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    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
  5. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

  6. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    Around here we have used crown vetch before, also used on the side of roads quite a bit.
  7. real57vetteguy

    real57vetteguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

  8. real57vetteguy

    real57vetteguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    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!
  9. real57vetteguy

    real57vetteguy LawnSite Member
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