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How to Create a Landscape Berm - Easy D.I.Y. Tips to Building a Natural Looking Berm on a Budget [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you thought berms were only for BMX bikes, well, here's a book about how to create a landscape berm that doesn't involve a lot of speed and helmets - unless you and your crew get into arguments about where to plant the shrubs and flowers, or where to place the rock grouping. Here is the perfect book for creating a beautiful focal point that will take your yard from flat and boring to a curvaceous hotty that will feature year round beauty, and add privacy and even control street sounds without breaking the bank or taking all your time.

This little book is packed with photos that take you from beginning to the end result of how we created a functional landscape berm over a three year period. We went from a flat and boring front yard to a yard full of perennials, shrubs, even some tasty herbs and vegetables in a pretty short period of time. Instant? No. if you are looking for instant, landscape gardening on a budget may not be for you.

If you've got more time than dough, well, take a look and be prepared to learn how to add a landscape berm to your own yard. See how we did it, step by step with added suggestions to help you use imagination and elbow grease to get the effect you want.

You can have your berm looking lovely even in the first year, depending on how much time and funds you might have for the project. Using annuals for instant color spots (if purchased at your local garden shop or big box store) costs a bit more than planting seeds inside or sowing in early spring, but can help bring much faster results.

Gardens are not static so you will find that some plants come back year after year; some just show up as "volunteers" from who knows where, (not all "volunteers" are weeds) while others are the stable foundation shrubs or trees that tend to grow. Then there are the colorful annuals you can plant for that all season color either a spot here and there, or large masses of blooms.

Whatever plan you choose for your berm or whatever problem you want it to solve for you, this book shows you how to do it on the cheap, get intimately involved with gardening.. without spending all your money or all your time, have fun and get a show-stopping yard. Enjoy!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2619 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Deborah Bauer (January 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3P909I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landscaping step by step. February 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a nice little read and it had a lot of pictures in it which I really enjoyed and I feel is essential when you are teaching any D.I.Y subject. I was considering building a Berm and therefore purchased this book. I must admit though , I will have to reconsider for a while after reading this book because it had some great and out of the box ideas that I hadn't really considered and I am going to implement them instead of my own original design plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow and beautifully photographed February 7, 2013
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I must admit that before I read this book, my only knowledge of a berm was from my BMXing days back in the early 80s. Dr Deb's landscape berm is broadly similar but much prettier! This is a wonderful step by step guide to building and planting a natural looking focal point for your garden, easily and affordably. I particularly enjoyed the photographs, showing the progression of the build and the planting, over many months. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Little book on Landscaping February 6, 2013
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I must admit, I was curious what you could possibly do with a Berm or barrier. I was surprised with the answer. If you stop and think about it, some really practical applications came out of the book. I didn't consider a noise barrier from the street, but that certainly is an added advantage. It creates a visual buffer from separating the "front yard" from the house. It can provide a wind break as well as a run off for rain or snow. The absolute biggest reason is "It looks Great!" You could spend thousands upon thousands of dollars, hire a landscape architect to come in and design a Berm for you or you could simply follow the guidelines in this little book and end up getting "free" dirt from a neighbor or someone down the street putting a pool in their back yard. At first, dumping a number of truck loads of top soil doesn't seem very appealing, but after you look at the actual photo's (and lot's of them), your get a sense of balance and what really can be done with just a little imagination. I must admit, I like to have a few do it yourself projects going on around the house for week-end task, and I never really considered putting in a raised berm to put a few tree's or plants until I picked up a copy of this book. Wow. My imagination went wild and I could see doing the same in the back yard to create a sense of balance as well a privacy. This book is really worth far more than the asking price. I think if you would find this in a garden shop or flower shop you would pay about ten bucks for it. It's packed with color photos, full descriptions, easy to follow instructions and simply great ideas. I have always enjoyed gardening, but this takes it to the next level and expands your thinking to where you can put your "week-end creation" and match it up against the highest prices Landscaper in the country and you would win. Great little book. A must for every gardener. I highly recommend it. Solid Five Stars in my opinion. I loved it.
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More About the Author

Dr. Deb Bauer received her doctor of Chiropractic in 1994 and practiced for several years in Atlanta, GA, before moving to the west coast. She received certification in Reiki, Bio-energetic Synchronization Techniques, nutrition, and Kinesiology over the years. Having a passion for health, she has researched the most natural ways to promote healthy living and a sustainable lifestyle in an increasingly challenging world.

Her background also includes food service, English horseback riding, violin, Real Estate, sales and marketing spanning several decades and states. She loves great food, writing and has two grown children, Ben, living in Kansas City, and Sarah, living in the Portland, OR area. She is an avid gardener, (just ask her about heirloom tomatoes!) hiker, researcher and loves adventure.

Todd Bauer, the co-author of "Love Grounds and Coffee Poems", received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft. His medium is oil painting and he loves using jewell-like colors in the creating of abstract works. Carl Jung's understanding of symbols has strongly influenced Todd's use of circle imagry.

When the economy changed, so did his business and he now has opted for a more traditional career path which he enjoys.

He likes hiking, exploring new places, reading, and making fantastic omelettes on Sundays. He is never bored with Deb.

Todd and Deborah Bauer initially came together over coffee and pumpkin bread.
On their first meeting, Deb suggested they break up, explaining that now would be the perfect time since there is no baggage, no hurt feelings, no accusations and no blame game and absolutely no drama. How could there be, as we don't even know each other? Besides, she asked, how many times have you broken up with someone and THEN got to be friends? Todd thought it made a lot of sense, so they broke up right then and there. A couple of minutes after the break-up, they ate some pumpkin bread and decided to take a walk.

They've been together ever since and have been married just over 10 years.

On a personal note, Deb is currently transitioning from her colored hair to natural gray and wrote about it in "How to Go Gray Gracefully and Look Fantastic."

When Todd started getting migraine headaches, Deb wrote a book about them in
"Migraine: Painful Inconvenience or Something Serious?" knowing that there are millions who suffer from very painful episodes and are looking for help.

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