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Mimosa has a medium salt tolerance and its aggressive growth should hold the soil in place.

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From: South Central Green Team Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Palmer, Dave
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 2:50 PM
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Subject: Re: looking for knowledge/experience/success on steep berms

I saw the berm and it's truly 45 degrees and 30'-40' high, partly planted and much overgrown. 
It's must be a monster to maintain. I appreciate all the suggestions. I've made a lot of notes.

Dave Palmer
Commercial Horticulture
Manatee County Extension
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
941-722-4524 x 226
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Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:27 PM
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Subject: Re: looking for knowledge/experience/success on steep berms

Thanks Susan! I would possibly add: dune sunflower, beach elder, beach creeper, and railroad vine. Most of these are typical beach plants and John Stevely should have some good references.

Best,

Annemarie Post
Interim Extension Director
Extension Agent, Environmental Horticulture
Florida-Friendly LandscapingT Program
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From: South Central Green Team Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Haddock,Susan R
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:56 PM
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Subject: Re: looking for knowledge/experience/success on steep berms

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
UF/IFAS
(813)744-5519 ext. 103
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From: South Central Green Team Discussion List [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Palmer, Dave [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:26 PM
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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?
Thanks,
Dave

Dave Palmer
Commercial Horticulture
Manatee County Extension
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
941-722-4524 x 226
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http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu/comm-hort/
Blog - http://prohortmanatee.wordpress.com/