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Name:  Joanne
Status:   other
Age:   50s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Around 1999  


Question:
We are an over-55 community located off of a major highway (I-80) about 25 miles south of Chicago. We have a weed covered berm that is about 15 ft high running along I-80 between our buildings and the highway. We are investigating ways to make the berm more attractive. Some suggestions have included planting ground cover and trees. Can you recommend vegitation that is controllable and attractive?



Replies:
Joanne,

The highway departments here in Pennsylvania plant vetch which is a low trailing plant having small pink/white flower heads which effectively covers an area to exclude other plants. It is a perennial which returns and spreads on its own. It is a difficult plant to walk through as one's foot tends to get tangled in the plant.

If you are seeking a different appearance, some highways here plant perennial wildflowers. The appearance is nicer when they are in flower, but up to that time the appearance is less well kept.

Gook luck with your work, and thanks for using NEWTON!

Ric


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