Vines To Stop Erosion

Q: I have a vertical red clay bank that is several feet high and twenty feet long. Is there any vine I can plant at the top or bottom to stop erosion? 

A: I would compare English ivy, Confederate jasmine, Carolina jessamine, trumpet vine, crossvine, muscadine, and wisteria. All of these vines grow vigorously. I think I would plant them at the bottom of the bank, because they naturally grow upward. Go through every six months and use stiff wire to “peg” vine tendrils to the bank face. This would help them root into the soil and encourage upward growth.

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