Placing native plants on a grassy slope
The long steep slope that is my front yard was planted with some sort of sprayed on grass seed a few years ago. It's the same stuff they used to stabilize the soils after earthmoving in this development.
It's such a steep slope that it's hard to navigate and I don't want to ever have to run a mower/weedwhacker on it . I have decided to put in native shrubs/ perennials/annuals that are suitable for sunny slopes in my MidAtlantic region. I'm going to try to work this slope in yearly increments since it's pretty long.
I'm planning to start with the woody plants. Meanwhile, how do I deal with the grass (fescue?) growing in the area of the slope I'm planting in? Only clear an area around the shrubs or remove it from the entire section to be planted?