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Pitch    Posted 04-28-2004 at 03:50:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a ditch 3'deep that runs across the front of my property. It runs north and south and gets direct morning sun from first light on and then full afernoon shade. Getting down in there with a weedeater every weekend is a pain and time consuming. What kind of groundcover could I plant that is fast spreading has a major deep root system and would maintain itself at no more than 8 to 10" long? My main problem is that while this ditch usually only has a few inches of water in it,probably 4 times a season after a heavey rain it will run completely full for a day or so. Under those circumstances I don't think that I could till a bed as erosion would be a major problem. What ever plant this would be it would have to be hardy enough to force out the grass and weeds. Am I looking for a miracle plant that does'nt exist? This is in zone 5

Fawteen    Posted 04-28-2004 at 07:09:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alias is right, Vetch would be an excellent choice. I don't think an occasional flooding would hurt it, as long as it didn't soak for days.

If you want something a bit more decorative, any of the low growing phlox would be good, or a sedum on the upper reaches out of the main water. Some creeping thyme might work as well.

Lamium "Silver Beacon" has a nice green and silver leaf year around, with purple florets when it blooms, very attractive. Different varieties of phlox bloom at different times of the year. You could select phlox with different blooming period and color for season-long interest.

Little to no maintenance on anything I've listed, and they'll crowd out most anything else. If you mulch around them with shredded treebark when you set them, you'll have a pretty much weed-free cover.

Thanks Fawteen!    Posted 04-28-2004 at 08:19:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Knew you would help him out.... :^)


Alias    Posted 04-28-2004 at 06:34:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I had a situation like the one you described, I'd try crown vetch. It grows so thick it'll turn a rabbit. and it requires little or no maintenance. They use it here to blanket slopes along the highways. Mainly, for erosion control.

Clipper    Posted 04-28-2004 at 03:54:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a Master Gardner that pops in here often....nice old goat by the name of Fawteen. You can also post to him at the link I put here for ya...

Les    Posted 04-28-2004 at 04:37:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, I hear old Fawteen is among the best at putting the worms onto fishhooks, too.

Pitch    Posted 04-28-2004 at 14:55:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks much Fawteen, I will start looking at phlox and let you know how I make out.

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