Hey Dave,

What height plants are they wanting and what is the soil type? Some of the coastal dune plants may work with micro or directed drip irrigation.

Plants like:

Wax Myrtle or Dwarf Wax Myrtle, Muhly Grass, Salt Cordgrass, Saw Palmetto, Sea Purslane, Beach Bean.

The plants would be set straight up (not angled) with a portion of the root in the hill (back half covered with soil) and a portion exposed on the front side. The soil (slope) should be protected and stabilized to prevent erosion with a surface mulch such as bonded fiber blanket anchored until the plants are established. A less expensive option is to use hay, but the fiber mat works much better. It's expensive to do it right, but it can be done.

Susan Haddock
Commercial Hort/IPM/Small Farms Agent
Hillsborough County Extension
(813)744-5519 ext. 103
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Subject: looking for knowledge/experience/success on steep berms

Do any of you know anyone who has been successful establishing plants on a tall (30-40 ft), steep (45 degree) berm?
Water is salty, pH is high.
I'd like to talk to them.
Specifically my questions are
1) How to get (and keep) the soil wet enough to establish plants?
2) What plants would be most likely to be successfully established under these conditions?

Dave Palmer
Commercial Horticulture
Manatee County Extension
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
941-722-4524 x 226
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