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Erosion Control

Plants that root on slopes can absorb wind and water that erode topsoil.

When selecting plants for erosion control or slope stabilization be sure to consider soil depth and drainage. Areas where erosion control is an issue, soil is usually lacking microorganisms and nutrients or suffering from compaction. Applying compost as mulch can be used as an erosion control material that also enhances soil.

When tilled into the surface, compost modifies the physical soil properties, improving water-holding ability and resistance to compaction. The microorganisms in compost aid in the formation of soil aggregates, the building blocks of good soil structure. Spaces in the aggregates allow water to percolate the soil and air to reach plant roots. When soil particles aggregate together, they are less likely to erode during rainstorms.

In clay soils, compost reduces the bulk density and increases the porosity, thus improving the exchange of air and water through the soil. In sandy soils, compost increases the water-holding capacity and soil aggregation.

  • If you cannot amend the soil of the entire slope, amend it a hole at a time.
  • Fast growing species that have spreading root systems will “hold” the soil in place quicker.

Ornamental grasses offer a variety of design ideas and options to planting a slope. Recommended ground covers for erosion control includes: Ajuga (sun & shade), Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Sun or light shade), Chrysogonum virginianum (light shade), Convallari majallisa (shade), Dianthus gratianopolitanus (sun), Dryopteris erythrosora (Part sun to full shade), Epimedium (Sun or light shade), Euonymus (sun & shade), Hedera (sun & shade), Hypericum (sun or light shade), Lamiastrum (sun & shade), Lantana (sun), Liriope muscari (sun & shade), Liriope spicata (sun & shade), Mazus (sun), Ophipogon japonicus (sun & shade), Pachysandra (shade), Phlox subulata (sun), Rubus (sun), Santolina chamaecyparissus (sun), Trachelospermum jasminoides (sun & shade), Vinca major (sun & shade):

  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Phlox s. 'Ruby Riot'
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    Phlox s. 'Ruby Riot' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Ruby Riot' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping Phlox Reddish pink flowers with darker eyes at the center. Height: 4.0-8.0 InchesSpread: 24.0-28.0...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Rose Quartz' 
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    Phlox s. 'Rose Quartz' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Rose Quartz' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxLarge, rose pink flowers (1-1¼"). A deeper shade than 'Pink Sparkles' but lighter than 'Ruby Riot'...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Pink Sparkles'
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    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxSoft, baby pink flowers with lighter halos at the centers. The earliest of the series to bloom with the largest flowers...

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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (30)ct Flat Common Name: Pinks'Paint the Town Fancy' produces 1", single, rosy fuchsia flowers with a red eye and serrated petals. Flowers completely cover the plant when it's in peak. Its...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'
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    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata "Drummond's Pink" (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat...

    $145.25
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  • Osmunda regalis (bare root plant)

    Osmunda regalis (bare root plant)

    Osmunda regalisCommon Name: royal fernFamily: OsmundaceaeZone: 3 to 9Height: 2 to 3 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feetSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: Medium to wetMaintenance: LowNaturalize, Rain GardenTolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Wet Soil Mature field grown...

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  • Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell'
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    Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS Series Common Name: PinksLarge semi-double, blush pink to white flowers have a dark red eye. Blue-green foliage. Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9Flower Color: Pink...

    $148.80
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  • Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' 
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    Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS Series Common Name: PinksSemi-double, fuchsia pink flowers with a red eye. Blue-green foliage. Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9Flower Color: Pink shadesFoliage...

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  • Phlox 'Rocky Road Pink' 
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    Phlox 'Rocky Road Pink' PP31486 (30)ct Flat

    Phlox 'Rocky Road Pink' PPAF (30)ct Flat Rocky Road SeriesCommon Name: Hybrid Spring Phlox Bright, rosy pink flowers with small, darker eye. Looking for a spring groundcover that can withstand the dryness of a rock garden? These alpine plants are...

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  • Phlox s. 'Eye Candy'
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    Phlox s. 'Eye Candy' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Candy' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox, Moss PinksCreeping Phlox are a classic harbinger of spring, exploding with color as a sign that the final days of winter are past. 'Eye Candy' forms a mound of bright green,...

    $152.38
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  • Dianthus 'Cute as a Button'
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    Dianthus 'Cute as a Button' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cute as a Button' PPAF (30)ct Flat PRETTY POPPERS™ Series Common Name: PinksSemi-double, bright pink flowers have a deep red eye and serrated edges. Blue-green foliage. Height: 6.0-8.0 InchesSpread: 14.0 InchesHardiness Zones:...

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  • Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst'
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    Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst' PPAF (30)ct Flat PRETTY POPPERS™ SeriesCommon Name: PinksSemi-double flowers with a mixture of flowers colors, from white to an intense pink blush. In a greenhouse, these flowers will be nearly white. Blue-green...

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  • Dianthus barbatus 'Scarlet Fever'

    Dianthus b. 'Scarlet Fever' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus barbatus 'Scarlet Fever' PPAF (30)ct Flat Perennial Sweet William This sport of 'Heart Attack' has bright, red-orange flowers when the sunlight shines on them, compared to the black-red color of its parent. This type of Dianthus forms...

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  • Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles'

    Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles' PPAF - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; This Dianthus produces large, florist quality, fully double, raspberry pink blossoms about 1¾ inches wide. Each serrated petal is framed by a...

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  • Dianthus 'Electric Red'
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    Dianthus 'Electric Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Electric Red' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks Dramatic, rich red double flowers that grab you from a distance. Flowers are held on strong stems above blue-green leaves.  Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0...

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  • Dianthus 'Double Bubble'

    Dianthus 'Double Bubble' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Double Bubble' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; Series Name: Fruit Punch Series  Double, medium pink flowers with blue-green foliage. Very floriferous and a petite package.  Height: 6.0-8.0 Inches Inches; Spread:...

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  • Dianthus 'Spiked Punch'
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    Dianthus 'Spiked Punch' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Spiked Punch' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series Incredibly vibrant fuchsia pink, double flowers have deep red eyes and heavily serrated petals. The flowers are a little larger than most of the other members of the series at...

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  • Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail'
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    Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series Full, 2” double hot magenta pink flowers have serrated edges, rising above its grey-green, dense foliage.  Deer resistant, low maintenance and drought tolerant,...

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