Soil Problems
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Berm removal/tree death

Zone Reston, VA zone 7 | Janice Mengel added on May 2, 2018 | Answered

All trees planted on the berm die as it is heavy clay that doesn't dry out; not really soil. I would like trees to hide a bad view and get some privacy. Should I just remove the berm which was just a construction dump?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on May 2, 2018

Amending the heavy clay or starting over are your options.
Correcting the soil will ensure a good start to plantings and will be the long term solution for your problem area.
Good luck! These articles will help you get started.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/creating-and-using-berms-in-the-landscape.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/building-a-berm-how-do-i-make-a-berm.htm

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