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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.

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.

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.

A berm is a mound of soil brought in to create a garden bed. More
How to Edge a Garden
... garden or creating a permanent edge using brick, rock or wood. Edging helps. More ...

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.

"Since the pile was rather large to move, I decided to flatten and stretch by raking a lot of the soil into a berm - or some said - a beached whale! ...

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.

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.

Step 4 Construct your berm by building it up to the desired finished height with soil, flat rocks or sod. To make sure your berm is as level as possible, pound a long stake into the center of your rain garden.

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.

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.

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 ...

- 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.

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.

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.

Beyond a lotus-studded pond,
woods and a berm with a
path beckons.
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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.

Form a raised ridge of soil around the perimeter of the hole so it acts like a berm to help hold in water.
Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches).

See also: See also: Plant, Soil, Planting, Gardening, Water

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