Many fruit and nut trees prosper on gentle slopes. To hold a steeper bank, plant maples, madrones, locusts or evergreens. Check for plant hardiness and sun and soil preferences before planting, and look for the words "erosion control" when browsing plant catalogs.
About this Author
Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.