Steep hill, can't mow it, no time to maintain it.
August 9, 2014 12:54 PM Subscribe
I have a hill on one side of my house that goes down into the neighbor's yard. It's too steep to mow, and the ground covering plants I've put down have always lost to the weeds. What's a good cost-effective and low (preferably zero) maintenance option for keeping it from becoming overgrown and looking horrible? More inside.
posted by tonycpsu to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I actually paid a landscaper to clean it up once and put down ground-covering plants, but the weeds kept coming and coming, and I just didn't have the time to keep them at bay. Looking for something that won't go to hell over the course of a couple weeks if I'm out of town.
I've thought about just putting down mulch, maybe rubber mulch so I won't have to replace it so often, but the steepness of the hill (maybe a 35-40 degree grade) has me concerned that it would just slide down / wash away. I'm hesitant to put down any kind of netting / fabric because the previous owners did that in some other beds, and the weeds just grow through it and make it a giant mess.
I really don't care if there's anything green there at all, at this point -- I just want it to not look terrible and not be a constant source of frustration. Filling it in and building a retaining wall could be an option in the future, but the cost there is prohibitive right now.