Weedy, Ugly Bank to Spruce Up

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  1. charliew50

    charliew50 Apprentice Gardener

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    I live on a farm, and around 10 years ago a local skip company moved in to use a part of the farmyard as storage for some skips and containers.

    Part of the agreement for this was they build a bank to block all their stuff from view.

    Anyway, I'd now quite like to make it look a bit prettier. It's currently a pile of rubble with a thin layer of soil on top which is home to all sorts of weeds. I sprayed it off a month or two ago and got rid of a lot of the weeds.

    For next Spring I'd like to have something which looks a lot smarter, either grass or wildflowers, possibly both.

    What kind of process would you go through to get to that end goal?IMG_20200903_151108.jpg
     

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    You've got a bank of subsoil and rocks and any attempt to cultivate that would involve taking the lot away and replacing it with good topsoil.
    If it were mine, and i wanted a quick fix I'd consider putting lots of Buddleja bushes in.
    They grow in any old ground and look good through the summer with flowers that attract butterfies.
    You could also try excavating oil drum sizes of ground every few metres to fill in with good soil if you wanted some more choice shrubs.. (And even Buddlejas would do better no doubt.) At least the drainage will be good either way.
    The better you can make the soil the better your chances of cultivation.
     
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    cheers. they sound like a good option. any benefit in putting some compost on top of the rubble, even an inch thick layer?
     
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    I agree with @JR entirely, but would also add things such as Malva Zebrina, Lavatera Trimestris, Papaver poppies and maybe even some calendula.
     
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      I like your approach charlie!
      However one inch of compost would only benefit moss or algae lol.
      Most of it would wash away into the rubble..
      Good plants need good ground mate and there's no simple fix if you really want that bank looking good.
       
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