We live in the Allegany mountains in West Virginia. Our ground is a little dirt and a lot of shale. Is there a grass that would grow on the hillsides that would not take a lot of water and tolerate a lot of sun and others that will take some shade. Next year is garden year and we are going to plant. I am also going to put a fence around my cutting/main garden to keep the dogs out. I thought about grasses instead but afraid the dogs would tromp it down in search of the rabbits etc that might nest in it. We have 2 acres and grasses would look good on the hillsides. Thanks..LG
Here's one of mine that I'm not delighted with: blue switch grass Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’. Its very-fine 3'-4' tall blades flop over, looking sloppy while smothering out adjacent plants. This can occur even in relatively infertile soils.
Conversely my red switch grass P. virgatum 'Rostrahlbusch' is also very-fine bladed, but has blades only 2' high and they stay tidy. So I advise staying from any very-fine bladed grass that is capable of blades growing taller than 2'.
My maiden grass is fine-bladed, but not as fine as P. virgatum. Its blades can often stand up nicely to 6' tall if I don't fertilize it.
I have some zebra grass doing very well in poor soil and full sun. It grows 6 to 8 ft tall and makes a large clump so plant specimens 8 to 10 feet apart. A row of these might be good for your hill. Sorry I didn't notice your post earlier.