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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cotoneaster dammerii would be an option for this steep bank.
It grows to a height of 30cm (so no light loss), carpeting to an ultimate spread of 2 metres.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had looked at that but was going to be very expensive to cover this area.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was thinking of seeds as you could select the types you prefer.also great for bees
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how about Periwinkle ? (Vinca Minor) they spread quickly...wherever the stems touch the ground they take root and become yet another plant perhaps you could get away with just planting them along the top of the slop and allowing them to root themselves gradually down the bank? they're also evergreen and flowers their little hearts out all spring and summer long.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never thought of Periwinkle - tried searching for pictures of it as a bank but no success.

Does it not need to be divided at the root every 3 or 4 year to keep it healthy?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another evergreen perennial is Ajuga.
"Evening Glow" is a nice, purple variant of it.

Both Periwinckle and Ajuga harbour ambitions to conquer the world, though.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Demmeri option - do you know if this can planted into the exhausting grass and overtime with kill off the grass or do I need to put a membrane down first? Membrane is expensive for the area I have to cover and I want to limit the cost as much as possible.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know the answer to the Cotoneaster but Lonicera Nitida, if planted into grass will eventually overcome it. You'd be better off to kill the grass with glyophosate first, though. Weed membrane sours the soil in time.

If you buy in bulk from Dundrum or Kealkill, they might be your cheapest option in shrubs.

You're stll going to need a lot of plants though, whatever you do.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vinca is a very invasive plant: it needs no division. You could grow strawberries.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep as Tippben says no division would not be necessary.

im surprised Hedera Helix hasn't been mentioned! you cant go wrong with good ol' Ivy. they work great as ground cover and can look very well. native too and good for the wildlife. i'd be by far the cheapest option if your willing to put in a little effort and grow them from seed or cuttings.

keep your eyes peeled and collect any berries the birds have missed.

Ivy from seed = http://www.ehow.com/info_8688670_can-grow-ivy-seeds.html

i wonder what with the slope being so steep if you'd get away with just planting a row of them near the top and allowing them (with gravities help) to root themselves down the slop.

heres a pic of Ivy grown as ground cover on a steep bank not dissimilar to yours.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for the delay in gettng back to you Honeybunny - but i like the idea of this and will def look into it more. My concern is ivy does best in partial shade and my slope would get plenty of sun, so not sure if it would grow well.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do let us know how you get on!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IA new year and same problem with my infamous slope - i have given this sooooo much thought and after speaking to nearly everyone in Ireland about it i think Smile my best solution is to use cotoneaster dammeri. My next dilemma is how i get approx 600 of these plants - cuttings is probably best and cheapest. I have taken softwood cuttings in the past but was never overly successful so any advice would be much appreciated. Also can i take the cuttings and just stick them into the slope or do i need to pot them up first? With needing approx 600 sticking them into the ground would be great if i knew it would work.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder could you approach a local nursery and see if they would propagate the plants for you,as a commission and for a price of course, but you could agree a fee in advance I have no idea if this would be possible...but just a thought.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting thought and one i will look into - thanks Sive
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