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Landscaping a bank

After grading my lot I'm left with a steep bank behind my house. I really don't want a retaining wall. Any suggestions?
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Thanks for writing. There are many good choices for a sunny slope in Wisconsin. If you want an evergreen, creeping juniper is probably your best bet. It's very heat and drought tolerant. The one thing about it is that you'd not want to walk through it, so don't plant it right at the bottom of the hill next to the school property. Low-Gro sumac is another good choice; it's a fast-growing dwarf shrub.

If you'd like to include some perennials, then daylilies are always a good bet because they're so low-maintenance. If you want perennials that spread very fast, consider mint, gooseneck loosestrife, or ribbongrass.

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A steep bank on the property line was formed when grading my mountain lot. This is facing the front of the house. What would you suggest to prevent further eroding and make this eye sore a nice front-yard feature?
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