Why remove grass for a berm?


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I'm thinking of creating a berm on my lawn. The steps in most of the how-to instructions I find say to remove the grass first. I'm wondering why? Couldn't one just put soil on top of the grass? Won't the grass just die under the berm? Any insight or wild guesses welcome!
 
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Yes, that is exactly what I would do...put the dirt on top of the grass where you want the berm.
 
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Won't the grass just die under the berm?
Yes, and no.

Most of it probably will die. Along the edges where the layer is thinner, grass might pop through, especially if you have any aggressive invasive grasses in your lawn.
 

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