Sage Plants

Planting Purple Sage on a Steep Slope

GdnCrone added on March 25, 2015 | Answered

We have a very steep, sunny slope that has been covered in weeds and bushes for years. Cleared it, put down landscape cloth over the winter. Looks like a good, inexpensive way to cover the ground would be to grow purple sage. But the plants would be too expensive (about 5000 sq ft). Could we plant sage seeds and cover with the straw mats used to cover new grass seed (need something to hold the soil while seed grows) or would they be too thick?

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Answered on March 25, 2015

Machine made straw mats (or even just a layer of straw) would suffice. Fiber netting, such as jute netting, would also be a good option.

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Answered on March 25, 2015

Thanks, Shelley. I hadn't thought of jute netting. Should be much less expensive./ It was the article on sage that prompted me to post the question

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