Question: Washout

Good morning.

I have a part of the garden, about 50 MC, therefore small but close to the house, very steep and under some trees. I tried in various ways but to no avail to inherit it.

Since every rain creates an annoying washout of the ground, I wanted to definitively resolve the matter.

I was thinking of upholstering it with Hedera Helix.

I live in a temperate climate, in the province of Treviso.


- Can it be okay?

-Does it block the washout of the soil?

- Don't you need to prune?

-What distance between them should they be planted?

-Best period for implantation?

-Do they require a lot of watering?

-Is it fast growing?

- Are there more suitable plants?


Answer: Washout

Dear Gianmatteo

surely the ivy can be a suitable plant to cover your slope, in a permanent way and with an evergreen; generally the ivy does not require great care, you can plant it at the end of winter, when the climate is humid, and it will be watered only during the rooting period, and occasionally in case of drought in the first years after the planting. In fact, ivy tends to develop a lot, and therefore over the years you will have to contain it, try to choose dwarf varieties, with small leaves.

If you want, other ground cover plants are available, which are well suited to your purpose: potentilla fruticosa, lonicera pileata, vinca minor, cotoneaster and creeping junipers, hypericum, ceratostigma.

Some of these plants, in addition to covering the soil well, and defending it from future erosion, also produce decorative flowers.

If the ground were to be really very steep, perhaps it would be appropriate to place special jute mats above it, which are used to keep the ground in position, even during the rains. After placing the jute, you can drill holes for the plants, cutting the jute where necessary. Over time, the jute will become grassed, or in any case it will be hidden by the branches of the ground cover.

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