How to Get Grass to Grow on Steep Banks

Written by stan kane
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Grow grass on steep banks by sowing the grass seed properly and creating favourable environmental conditions, conducive to the growth of grass. Most grass species thrive in direct sunlight, moist soil and high PH. Steep banks offer the additional challenge of providing suitable sunlight and dealing with water drainage problems during long periods of rainfall.

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Things you need

  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Fertiliser
  • Lawn lime
  • Shrubbery

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  1. 1

    Rake the sloping lawn area to remove from it any unwanted debris.

  2. 2

    Remove any moss or weeds from the lawn by using a metal rake for moss and a small gardening spade to get underneath the weed roots.

  3. 3

    Over-seed the embankment area with grass seed. Emphasise bare patches and areas of sparely growing grass.

  4. 4

    Cover the freshly planted grass seeds with a 1/4 inch layer of compost or peat moss fertiliser. Fertiliser provides moisture retention to the top soil and adds nitrogen to the soil.

  5. 5

    Cover the fertiliser with a thin sprinkling of lawn lime. Lawn lime increases the soil's PH.

  6. 6

    Trim away any trees or branches that block out the sunlight. Most lawn grass species prefer direct sunlight.

  7. 7

    Plant small shrubs on the top and bottom of the incline. Shrubbery provides additional support to the soil to prevent erosion and helps to control the flow of moisture through the topsoil during heavy rain.

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