bare spots from salt

We have drainage from the road and with the winter salt, our lawn is bare. Our lawn is also a small hill dipping down into our lawn not into the road. Any ideas of what to put there instead of grass. It doesn't want to grow even if we seed, etc.
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Road salt can create a toxic environment for any plant, so you may struggle to get anything to grow along the road. Sprinkle the soil with powdered gypsum; it may help flush the salt down through the soil profile. Gypsum is available at the garden center and it's very inexpensive. Then you might try planting a groundcover that is more tolerant of salt than turf; something like English Ivy (Hedera helix), Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), Liriope (L. spicata), Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), or Potentilla (P. species). Beware--some of the plants I have listed are invasive species in some parts of the country.


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