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Spurred by a couple of questions and observations offered by my comrades on the Bottomscaping Question thread, I want to open this same topic for ideas and discussion (if, indeed, there are options to discuss).
Rockytopper noted the conundrum of my 3:1 slopes on a short section between my building pad and the normal pool. He shared his experience of manual, awkward, and difficult maintainance due to the slope.
For reasons of focus, assume that this slope will remain unchanged.
I mentioned use of crown vetch. Norm has kindly offered some caution for consideration:
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It does establish well and crowds out everything else. It also attracts gophers and lots of other small mammals that dig up everything. As a general statement, I'd stay away from it. There are lots of grass species that will do a better job in most cases.
Norm, thank you for kicking in a starter for this thread. Now the question:
What would be a good ground cover on a short 3:1 slope (the exposed ground at normal pool will be about 12 ft from top toe of building pad to the water). This 3:1 strip is about 225 wide, wrapping around the front of the very blunt shaped building site peninsula The flat portion behind the top toe will be lawn grass. I'm looking for low/no maint, low profile, compatible with the edge of a lawn.

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Norm, isnt vetch a legume (i.e. nitrogen fixer)?

I wonder if some kind of legume would be good or bad from that standpoint (having relatively higher nitrogen in near shore soil).

Too bad you dont have any rock nearby Brettski, sorry if you're tiring of my "If I wuz doin this".......but a shoreline rock garden, mulched w/ some dwarf conifers would be sweet paricularly by house (no mowing, and watering only to get evergreen ornamentals established)....back to reality.....I'm not a grass guy.....yielding to the experts..


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