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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):

  • Ajuga reptans Catlins Giant 10ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' (10)ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' - (10) count Flat a/k/a Giant Carpet Bugle, Carpenter's Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Catlin's Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort. Zone (3)4 to 9, Sun or shade. Mature foliage height 5 to 7 inch, maybe 10 inches. Larger than...

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  • Phlox subulata Emerald Pink 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' 3.5 inch pot Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Emerald Pink' is a...

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  • Liriope muscari Classic Blue 2.5 inch pot

    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 3.5 inch pot

    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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  • 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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  • Polystichum acrostichoides bare root plant

    Polystichum acrostichoides (bare root plant)

    Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN Zones 3 to 9, Partial to full shade. Mature height one to two feet high, space 18 to 24 inches. Evergreen, dark, shiny green fronds are leathery and lance-shaped and divided with holly-like leaflets. Typically...

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  • Polystichum acrostichoides 3.5 inch pot

    Polystichum acrostichoides (3.5 inch pot)

    Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN Zones 3 to 9, Partial to full shade.Mature height one to two feet high, space 18 to 24 inches. Evergreen, dark, shiny green fronds are leathery and lance-shaped and divided with holly-like leaflets.Typically...

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  • Osmunda regalis 3.5 inch pot

    Osmunda regalis (3.5 inch pot)

    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 Click here for more...

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  • Ophiopogon p Arabicus 3.5 inch pot

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus'aka 'Ebony Knight' and 'Nigrescens'Common Name: mondo grassType: Herbaceous perennialFamily: AsparagaceaeZone: 6 to 9Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feetSpread: 0.75 to 1.00 feetBloom Time: July to AugustBloom Description: PinkSun: Full sun...

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  • Liriope muscari John Burch bare root plant

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' Thin border of creamy yellow edging each leaf blade. The flowers are lavender and it gets about 12 inches tall. Seeds mature into black berries and remain throughout the winter. Mature field grown plant shipped bare root...

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  • Liriope muscari John Burch 3.5 inch pot

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' Click here for more ordering and shipping information. Thin border of creamy yellow edging each leaf blade. The flowers are lavender and it gets about 12 inches tall. Seeds mature into black berries and remain throughout the...

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  • Liriope muscari Gold Band 3.5 inch pot

    Liriope muscari 'Gold Band' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Gold Band' Flower Color -Mauve/LilacBlooming Time -Mid Summer toEarly FallFoliage Color -Deep Green andVariegated YellowUses -Alpine ; Rock,Border,Containers,Deer Resistant,Drought Tolerant,Edging,Rabbit Resistant,Evergreen,Ground...

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  • Liriope muscari Densiflora bare root plant

    Liriope muscari 'Densiflora' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'Densiflora' Upright, Mature height 18-22" dark green leaf blade 3/8" - 1/2" wide, Lavender flower spike. Dense clumper. Good for borders. Similar to Evergreen Giant. Mature field grown plant shipped bare root. Click here for more...

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  • Vinca major Variegata 3.5 inch pot

    Vinca major 'Variegata' (3.5 inch pot)

    Vinca major 'Variegata' a/k/a Periwinkle, Big Leaf Periwinkle, Creeping MyrtleZone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones.Mature size: 8 to 18 inches height; fast spreading, vine-like...

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  • Vinca major Green 3.5 inch pot

    Vinca major 'Green' (3.5 inch pot)

    Vinca major 'Green' a/k/a Periwinkle, Big Leaf Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones. Mature size: 8 to 18 inches height; fast spreading, vine-like...

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  • Trachelospermum asiaticum 3.5 inch pot

    Trachelospermum asiaticum (3.5 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticum a/k/a Asiatic Jasmine, Asian Jasmine, Dwarf Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate jasmine, small leaf Confederate jasmine Zone: 7 to 10. Sun to Shade. Prefers some shade in zone 10. Mature size: 6 to 24 inches tall;...

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  • Trachelospermum asiaticum 2.5 inch pot

    Trachelospermum asiaticum (2.5 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticuma/k/a Asiatic Jasmine, Asian Jasmine, Dwarf Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate jasmine, small leaf Confederate jasmineZone: 7 to 10. Sun to Shade. Prefers some shade in zone 10.Mature size: 6 to 24 inches tall;...

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  • Rubus calycinoides 3.5 inch pot

    Rubus calycinoides (3.5 inch pot)

    Rubus hayata-koidzumii is better known (incorrectly) as Rubus calcinoides. Common names: Creeping Raspberry, Crinkle-leaf Creeper, Taiwanese Creeping Rubus, Creeping Bramble, and Emerald Carpet. Sun to Medium Shade Zones 6 to 9Grows 3 to 6 inches high...

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  • Phlox subulata Snowflake 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Snowflake' forms a short, tight,...

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  • Phlox subulata Red Wing 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. This compact variety forms a short,...

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  • Phlox subulata Purple Beauty 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' Flower Colour Mauve/Lilac Blooming Time Mid SpringLate Spring Foliage Color Deep Green Plant Uses ; Characteristics Alpine ; RockContainersDrought TolerantEdgingEvergreenGround CoverWild Flower Click here for more ordering...

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  • Phlox subulata Drummonds Pink 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata "Drummond's Pink" in 3.5" pot 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 of evergreen to...

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  • Phlox subulata Candy Stripe 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' a/k/a Moss Phlox. Zone: 3 to 9. Full sun to filtered sun.Mature size: 6 to 8 inch height; spreads 2 feet. Fragrant, pink and white stripe flowers atop a dense carpet of needle-like foliage. Colorful and compact, creeping...

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  • Phlox subulata Blue Emerald 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'BlueEmerald' 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 of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Pachysandra terminalis Green 2.5 inch pot

    Pachysandra terminalis 'Green' (2.5 inch pot)

    Pachysandra terminalis 'Green' a/k/a Pachysandra, Japanese Pachysandra, or Spurge.Zone 4 to Zone 9, partial shade to deep shade.Medium-sized, 6 to 10 inch high; evergreen groundcover. Lightly toothed, leathery, oval leaves; low growing, shrubby, clump is...

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  • Pachysandra terminalis Green 3.5 inch pot

    Pachysandra terminalis 'Green' (3.5 inch pot)

    Pachysandra terminalis 'Green' a/k/a Pachysandra, Japanese Pachysandra, or Spurge.Zone 4 to Zone 9, partial shade to deep shade.Medium-sized, 6 to 10 inch high; evergreen groundcover. Lightly toothed, leathery, oval leaves; low growing, shrubby, clump is...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Nana 3.25 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' (3.25 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' dwarf mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 6 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 2 to 3 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, very fine, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Nana bare root plant

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' (bare root plant)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' dwarf mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 6 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 2 to 3 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, very fine, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Nana 2.5 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' (2.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' dwarf mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 6 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 2 to 3 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, very fine, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus bare root plant

    Ophiopogon japonicus (bare root plant)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' a/k/a mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 7 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from a...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus 3.5 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' a/k/a mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 7 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from a...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus 2.5 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus (2.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' a/k/a mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 7 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from a...

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  • Mazus reptans 3.5 inch pot

    Mazus reptans (3.5 inch pot)

    Mazus reptans blue a/k/a Creeping mazus, Blue mazus. Zone: 4 to 8, may need to mulch or protection in zone 4 and 5. Full sun to part shade. Mature size: 3 inch height, quick spreading groundcover. Narrow, bright green leaves form a dense, foliage...

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  • Mazus reptans Alba 3.5 inch pot

    Mazus reptans 'Alba' (3.5 inch pot)

    Mazus reptans 'Albus'a/k/a Creeping mazus, White mazus. Zone: 4 to 8, may need to mulch or protection in zone 4 and 5. Full sun to part shade.Mature size: 3 inch height, quick spreading groundcover. Narrow, bright green leaves form a dense, foliage...

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  • Liriope spicata bare root plant

    Liriope spicata (bare root plant)

    Liriope spicata a/k/a Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be somewhat...

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  • Liriope spicata 3.5 inch pot

    Liriope spicata (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope spicata a/k/a Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be somewhat...

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  • Liriope spicata 2.5 inch pot

    Liriope spicata (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope spicata a/k/a Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be somewhat...

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  • Liriope muscari Variegata 3.5 inch pot

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' - Flat Variegated Lilyturf, Border Grass, Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial with...

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  • Liriope muscari Variegata 2.5 inch pot

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' - Flat Variegated Lilyturf, Border Grass, Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial with...

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  • Liriope muscari Royal Purple bare root plant

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size: 14 to 20 inches height,forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays narrow blade-like, green foliage...

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  • Liriope muscari Royal Purple 3.5 inch pot

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size: 14 to 20 inches height,forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays narrow blade-like, green foliage...

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  • Liriope muscari Monroe White 3.5 inch pot

    Liriope muscari 'Monroe White' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Monroe's White' Lilyturf, Border Grass Zones 6 to 10; Partial shade to shade. Mature size 14 to 20 inches height,clump forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays wide blade-like, dark green...

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  • Liriope muscari Majestic 3.5 inch pot

    Liriope muscari 'Majestic' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Majestic' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Partial sun. Mature size 18 to 24 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays narrow blade-like, dark green foliage. Dense spikes have...

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