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Delmar, NY: a berm to replace a demolished tree

 

A friend of mine used to have a pine tree at the end of her driveway, but a neighbor's tree fell on it, and basically destroyed it. So I suggested a berm to replace it.

First, we had the pine tree removed, and laid out a rough design for the berm.

First, we had the pine tree removed, and laid out a rough design for the berm.

Olsen's Nursery delivered a base of sand.

Olsen's Nursery delivered a base of sand.

Next, we had Olsen's deliver some top soil, and we finalized the shape of the berm.

Next, we had Olsen's deliver some top soil, and we finalized the shape of the berm.

Then, we added a Canadian Hemlock and some stones to form the backbone of the berm.

Then, we added a Canadian Hemlock and some stones to form the backbone of the berm.

The stones not only provide contrast with the plantings, they also allow access to the upper part of the berm.

The stones not only provide contrast with the plantings, they also allow access to the upper part of the berm.

Grasses,  irises, beebalm and other plants take root. 

Grasses,  irises, beebalm and other plants take root. 

It doesn't take long for the plants to get established..

It doesn't take long for the plants to get established..

And the berm now fits nicely into the front yard.

And the berm now fits nicely into the front yard.