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What’s the best plants to use in a steep uphill backyard? What to make stairs/path without too much work?
- Oakland, OR
A combination of shrubs and groundcover type plants with fibrous roots or roots that spread to stabilize the soil are your best options. In the shrub category, you might consider artemisia, California wild lilac (Ceanothus), Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans), juniper, snowberry (Symphoricarpos), California fuschia (Zauschneria),or leather oak (Quercus durata). Suggestions for groundcovers and perennials include carex, yarrow (Achillea millefolium), creeping mahonia (Mahonia repens), Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri), dwarf periwinkle (Vinca minor), and native grasses. Manzanita (Arctostaphylos) includes a wide range of evergreen shrubs and low-growing plants that function as groundcovers.
Adding stairs or steps will take some work and you will need stones, pavers, concrete blocks or other materials to serve as the steps. You can anchor them somewhat by digging an indent into the side of the hill and then sliding part of the paver or flat stone into the indent. Another way is to pound rebar about a foot in the each step area, slide a concrete block on top of the rebar and then pour cement into the holes in the block. Good luck!