berm (alt. berme)
1. A narrow shelf, path, or ledge typically at the top or bottom of an escarpment or beside a road. 2. A mound or wall of earth.
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Building a Berm
Berms are oftentimes constructed using some kind of fill such as sand, plant debris, rubble or asphalt and soil. Simply use the fill material for the bulk of the berm, forming its shape around it with soil and firmly tamping.
So, the happy couple set about building their berm. Their first step was to have dirt (note: "dirt"; not "soil") brought in from some other development site. This is a common way for people to get dirt in our area. Usually the top soil is stripped away from the site and sold or donated to Person A.
BERM - A landscaping technique that is used to create interest, privacy, or screening. It may also divert water runoff. It is made by creating a mound of earth or a hill.
BICOLOUR - A flower with petals which bear two distinctly different colors.
A berm is a raised bed area where the gardener elevates the bed by bringing in a higher quality topsoil and building the planting bed up from ground level by at least 10 inches. Soil in a raised bed warms and dries out more quickly in the spring, which can give plants a good start.
A berm is a mound of soil brought in to create a garden bed. More
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How to Make a Berm
If you have a flat backyard that needs some definition, consider building a berm. A berm is a wedge-shaped hill that divides up areas of the yard, provides an additional planting surface and directs drainage to specific areas.
To construct the wetland with a small berm to hold back water for a few days or weeks:
Put a stake in the center of the lowest portion of the drainage-way where you want the berm.
Using a level on a large board or string, place a stake where a level line reaches the ground on either side.
Create a raised bed or berm between you and the source of the noise or dig a sunken seating area.
- Densely plant a mixture of woody and herbaceous perennials; ornamental grasses are especially useful, as they grow quickly.
Plant the clump of bamboo on a berm. Bamboo likes loose topsoil, so when the roots reach the edge of the berm, they poke out the side and expose themselves to the open. The rhizomes are a lot more visible that way, making it easier to spot them.
If the soil where an aspen tree is to be planted has a high content of clay, build a berm of sandy loam 18 to 24 inches high. A berm is a mound or wall of earth. The berm should be mulched and several plants should be planted in the bed.
An east facing bank or berm is ideal. Soil generally must be amended, or mixed with organic material, to make it porous. A mix of half native topsoil and equal parts coarse sand, pea-sized gravel and compost is one common recipe used by rock gardeners.
If you have heavy clay soil you should plant the trees on a berm (mound) of soil that has been well amended with organic matter. Also, try to place the trees on the north or east side of the house where they will have some protection from intense heat and sunlight.
A good watering technique is to make a low berm of soil a few inches high in a circle about 12-18" out from the base of the plant. Fill this with water, let it soak in completely, the repeat the process several times, allowing the water to soak in before you add more.
Structure is another important element to consider. You can form structure by creating a berm if the area is flat.
Garden arbors and trellises are another way to add structure and are perfect for growing flowering vines.
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Create channels along side of your plants to direct the rain water to them
Create a berm around the perimeter of your garden to help hold rain water in that area
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- You can build up a small berm of soil in the shape of a circle around the hole so that your watering is more effective.
Always allow the water to reach the top of the berm built around the plant. This will provide deep water penetration and encourage widespread root development. Always check the soil moisture before Watering to avoid overwatering as this can kill the plant.
Create it by creating a mound or berm, or a raised planting bed using a retaining curb such as logs, timbers or rocks. It is best if the base is a material with good drainage like gravel. Then at least 6 of 8 inches of good acidic, well-drained soil above that.
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However, you can also slope the bed down so that it is a berm and does not need to be retained.
Or, evergreen trees combined with a wall, fence, or earth berm (natural or man-made walls or raised areas of soil) can deflect or lift the wind over the home. Be careful not to plant evergreens too close to your home's south side if you are counting on warmth from the winter sun.
Slope the sides gradually from the outside edge to the deepest area. Use the soil that you remove to build up a slightly raised area on the lowest side of the garden. This berm will help contain the stormwater and allow it to percolate slowly through the rain garden.
Test soil drainage before planting. Dig a test hole as deep as your planting hole and fill with water. If water drains at a rate of less than one inch per hour, consider installing drainage to carry water away from the planting hole base, or moving or raising the planting site (berm construction).
Fill the hole with the remaining soil and water again. Form a raised ridge of soil around the outside edge of the hole so it acts like a berm to help hold in water. Spread mulch 2-3 inches deep over the root zone, but keep it several inches away from the trunk.
See also: Plant, Soil, Planting, Flower, Scape