Planting in a Pile of Dirt

Reachmom added on May 21, 2012 | Answered

I have water issues with my home's foundation. But, I would like to plant near my foundation to add color. I don't want to disturb the dirt around the foundation since it had been graded with a slight slope away from house (and @5 years of compacting). My question is. . . Can I put newspaper down on the existing grass? Then put amended soil on top of the newspaper, built up in a sort of berm, sloping gradually away from the home. Then add plants to the soil? I am aware that I would have to put something at the bottom to retain soil from running off, but I don't want to create a kind of basin. Away from the house foundation, could this be a possible way to have a kind of raised flower bed without constructing a frame?

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Answered on May 22, 2012

I don't see why not, as long as it drains away from the house like you say. For help with general ideas or building a berm, try these articles:

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