Plant and fortify the embankment

Plant and fortify the embankment

Secure the embankment

A slope can be fixed with different elements. Plants are a very effective variant, but they only have an effect when the plants have grown well. These elements will help fix the slope:

  • Natural stones
  • Plant stones
  • Wooden boards
  • Branches
  • Planting mats
  • Gabions
  • Mulch
  • Bushes
  • Ground cover

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Create terraces

Planting alone will not be enough on very steep slopes. Instead, it makes sense to create terraces by placing horizontally low walls in the ground at regular intervals. Natural stones are a cheap and attractive option, and gabions are also popular due to their easy installation. If you have wood or branches left over, you can also secure the slope with boards or woven fences.

Planting mats

An invisible variant is the use of plant mats. These are spread out over the slope and attached to the sides using stones, for example. Then holes are cut in the places where plants will be planted. To cover the plant mat until the plants have spread out, you can cover them with gravel or mulch (€ 213.00 at Amazon *).

Plant an embankment

Which plants are best suited for the embankment depends mainly on the slope and the orientation of the sky. While practically anything can be grown on flat slopes, deep-rooted perennials and shrubs should be grown on very steep slopes, which cling to the slope and thus prevent erosion.

A combination of shrubs and ground cover makes sense, as ground cover forms a kind of network and thus also protects the embankment from erosion.

Deep-rooted shrubs for steep slopes

Various shrubs and bushes can be used for planting on slopes. When making your choice, pay attention to the desired height and the preferences regarding the location. If you put sun-seeking shrubs in shady locations, they will only grow poorly and possibly die. On the other hand, shade-loving plants burn in the blazing sun.

SurnameStatureWinter protection necessaryLocation preferences
Bensengine0.5 to 3 metersYesFull sun
Boxwood2 to 6 metersNoShady to partially shaded
yew0.5 to 1.5 metersNo, evergreenSunny to shady
Firethorn2 to 4 metersRather noSunny to partial shade
Common juniper1 to 8 metersNoSunny to partial shade
Dog rose2 to 3 metersNoSunny
Laurel medlar3 to 8 metersRather no, evergreenPartial shade
Oregon grapeUp to 1.5mNoSunny to partial shade
Paper bushApprox. 1 meterNoSunny to partial shade
ThujaUp to 10 metersNoSunny to partial shade
Bird cherry5 to 10 metersNoSunny to partial shade
Holly1.5 to 3 metersNoProtected, partially shaded
Witch hazel2 to 6 metersNo, blooms in winterSunny, protected

You can find further suggestions for easy-care plants for your embankment here.

Water the slope plants

Planning the water supply is particularly important for hillside planting. Put an automatic irrigation system, (69.29 € on Amazon *) you don't have to worry about accessibility. However, if you want to water yourself with a hose or even with the watering can, you should create paths on your slope so that you can easily reach all places.