How to Create a Berm for Gardening and Landscaping

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“Berms are simply mounded hills of dirt constructed for many reasons such as blocking out unwanted or unsightly views, directing or redirecting foot traffic or drainage, creating subtle and natural-looking privacy, adding raised elements to the garden, or simply emphasizing a particular area or focal point. …

“Berms are often constructed using some type of fill, such as sand, plant debris, rubble or asphalt, and soil. Use the fill material for the bulk of the berm, if desired. Recycled objects can also be used in pace of fill as long as the material is capable of retaining stability without deteriorating. Simply use the soil to form the berm around the object, firmly tamping as you go. You can use the soil taken when you dug out holes, but for more vigorous plant growth, the soil should also be amended with compost. …

“Generally, a berm should be about four to five times as long as it is high, gradually trailing or spreading out into the lawn. Berms can be created with varying sizes and with more than one peak. The depth is normally up to you; however, most berms are generally no higher than 18 to 24 inches. Although most berms are given a crescent-looking shape, as long as they fit into or follow the natural flow of the surrounding landscape, anything goes. Bear in mind, however, that curving berms are usually much more natural looking.”  http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/creating-and-using-berms-in-the-landscape.htm

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