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Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 10, 2013 7:50 AM CST
I have a big old nasty looking berm on the south side of my drive way. Tired of looking at it covered with weeds and ick so I think will turn it into a flower bed with native plants for around my area.
Would like help to make sure that it is critter friendly for what's around here for birds. Pheasants some quail.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Jun 10, 2013 11:15 AM CST
What area are you in?

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Jun 10, 2013 11:27 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome to ATP.

About how large an area do you have to work with?
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Jun 10, 2013 11:00 PM CST
Welcome! carenjean!
Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 10, 2013 11:46 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome I am in zone 5
its a large berm kind of steep om my side goes into a pasture on the other
sure that the cows won't care what it looks like lol but totally tired of grass and weeds plus it will give me more reason to get outside with
Wes my youngest son who is an autistic adult and loves to flower garden
thanks again
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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Jun 26, 2013 1:45 PM CST


Well, I found this site that has suggested plans, but of course, you'd want native plants that would actually do well in your actual habitat. Plants native to your state, that do well in whatever soil type you have, how much moisture the berm has, how much sun, etc. are best. If there's a native plant organization near to you, I'd contact them, as they might have lists of plants and ideas on what would work there.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jun 26, 2013 1:56 PM CST
Hi carenjean Welcome!

I think it will look nice to make it as a flower bed, but what is the purpose of the berm itself. If it is just there to separate two spaces, it maybe worthwhile to do so, but if it is to reduce waterflow from other areas, be careful, as it may compromise the integrity of the berm in case there is flooding whenever.
Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 27, 2013 6:16 AM CST
The berm was left when they redid the house before we moved here.
I have ordered some bulbs for fall planting and have harvested stuff native to our area from local ditches being careful of what I get *Blush*

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