Top Questions About Berms

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Questions About Berms

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 18, 2011

Q. Irrigation Berms

What is the best material to use and manner to build flood irrigation berms?

Answered by
roseman on
March 19, 2011
A.

As a general rule berms should be three times as wide as they are tall for them to hold up. A heavy clay soil is usually a great material for the berms. Planting some grass on them helps to prevent erosion as the roots get set into the berms they provide stability. Keep the berms free of leaves and other debris that will cause erosion or failure points, thus leaks!

Stan

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 22, 2011

Q. Keeping Weeds and Grass Out of Berm

Is there something or some way of keeping the weeds down in my berm? I get a lot of grass and weeds.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 22, 2011
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Adding mulch and edging can drastically reduce the amount of weed growth in your berm.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 6, 2011

Q. Berm Designs

Do you have any articles with pictures or ideas for planting and designing landscaping berms?

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 18, 2011

Q. Creating a Berm and Sod Removal

We just bought a house with lots of lawn and the desire to transform lawn into more interesting landscape features. We have some good fill dirt from creating egress windows in our basement, so we thought this would make good berm material. My question — is it necessary to remove the sod before creating the berm or can we just pile material on top?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can just pile the soil on top. The lack of sunlight will kill the grass. Here's an article that will help with designing the berm: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/building-a-berm-how-do-i-make-a-berm.htm

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Asked by
dkg6323 on
June 2, 2011

Q. how do I get the precise edging you see on berms?

I see berms that look like their edges are so even and easy to mow around. Is there a trick to making it look professional?

Answered by
Heather on
June 4, 2011
Certified Expert
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They likely used an edging when they built the berm (and removed the edging after). You can go back and edge a berm to even it out much like you would edge a flower bed.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 10, 2011

Q. Existing Grass Covered (Weed) Berm

Very long, very steep, very dry part of it flows into my lawn, part of it flows into bark covered area with pine trees. Center of bark covered area has rock landscaping. I cannot mow any longer, and the area is too steep. I like the protection and visual privacy but need to find a way to make it low maintenance. I would like to cover it with shredded bark as I think it would fit nicely into existing look but it is steep and long and would be costly to maintain. If I use a rock or gravel cover, it competes with my yard too much. Can you help me?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 11, 2011
Certified Expert
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Shredded bark/wood usually works well on berms, as it is less likely to wash down during heavy rains. You could also take out the weedy growth/grass and replace it with some low-maintenance native plants.

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amelia22brown on
January 20, 2017
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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 16, 2011

Q. Erosion Preventing Plants

What types of plants could be grown on a berm in a semi-sunny area of the yard in Florida that could prevent soil erosion?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 16, 2011
Certified Expert
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Vinca minor is a popular choice for this kind of thing. It spreads quickly and holds hillsides together well. The plants in this article would also do well in berms: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/slope-hill/hill-ground-cover.htm

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