Forest garden design

When you think about nature, a forest is probably one of the first things that cross your mind. As a result, planting trees in our gardens can be an effective approach to offset carbon emissions and restoring the carbon cycle’s equilibrium. Traditional, tilled agricultural fields or gardens dominated by annual crops cannot store carbon in plants and soil for as long as forests (including forest gardens or agroforestry systems) can.

Forest gardens, like natural forests, may aid in the fight against climate change. We can help safeguard our planet and secure a sustainable future for humanity by transforming our food gardens from typical kitchen gardens to tree-dominated ecosystems.

Furthermore, a forest garden lets us unwind. A forest garden can aid in the reduction of noise pollution, such as that caused by traffic. And they are absolutely calming and lovely places to unwind and spend some time alone.

How to design a forest garden

The most usual is to hire a professional landscaping company, who will take into account the specific climate conditions in your area and the characteristics of your garden. Trees, shrubs, and ground plants make up the three levels of a basic forest garden. A luxury forest garden, on the other hand, can include up to seven strata of vegetation for individuals who wish to take advantage of every planting opportunity. A seven-layered forest garden has towering trees, low trees, shrubs, herbs, ground coverings, vines, and root crops.

What are the layers of which a forest garden is composed?

The tall-three layer

This is a canopy of full-sized fruit, nut, or other valuable trees with enough space between them to allow enough light to reach the bottom levels. Because they create deep shadows over a vast area, dense, spreading species—the typical shade trees such as maple, sycamore, and beech—do not perform well in the forest garden. Multifunctional fruit and nut trees are a better option.

The lower-tree layer

Many of the same fruits and nuts may be found in the canopy, but they are grown on dwarf and semidwarf rootstocks to keep their growth low. We may also plant tiny trees such as apricot, peach, nectarine, almond, medlar, and mulberry that grow organically. Shade-tolerant fruit trees such as persimmon and pawpaw can also be found here. These little trees might act as a canopy in a mini forest garden.

The shrub layer

Flowering, fruiting, wildlife-attracting, and other valuable shrubs are included in this category. Blueberry, rose, hazelnut, butterfly bush, bamboo, serviceberry, nitrogen-fixing Elaeagnus species, Siberian pea shrub, and hundreds of others are just a few examples. The wide variety of shrubs available lets the gardener’s personal preferences shine through, since shrubs may be chosen to promote food, crafts, ornamentals, birds, insects, native plants, exotics, or pure biodiversity.

The herb layer

Herb refers to nonwoody vegetation such as vegetables, flowers, culinary herbs, and cover crops, as well as mulch producers and other soil-building plants, in the wide botanical meaning. We will focus on perennials, but we will not rule out good annuals and self-seeding plants. A forest garden might also have regular garden beds with plants that need full light at the perimeter.

The ground-cover layer

Low, ground-hugging plants that nestle into edges and the gaps between shrubs and herbs, particularly types that provide food or habitat. Strawberries, nasturtium, clover, creeping thyme, ajuga, and the many prostrate flower kinds such as phlox and verbena are just a few examples. They serve an important role in weed control by occupying land that might otherwise fall prey to intruders.

The vine layer

This layer is for climbing plants that will vine up trunks and branches, supplying food and habitat to the underutilised areas of the all-important third dimension. Food plants like kiwifruit, grapes, hops, passionflower, and vining berries, as well as wildlife species like honeysuckle and trumpet-flower, may be found here. Squash, cucumbers, and melons are examples of climbing annuals. Because certain perennial vines are invasive or strangling, they should only be handled sparingly and with caution.

The root layer

The soil adds another layer to the woodland garden; the third dimension is both vertical and horizontal. Plants with shallow roots, such as garlic and onions, or easy-to-dig kinds, such as potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes, should make up the majority of the root layer. Carrots and other deep-rooted kinds do not work well since the digging they need, disturbs other plants.

Do you want a forest garden in your home?

If you want to contribute to the environment and enjoy a relaxing and beautiful environment in your garden, the best thing you can do is to hire an outdoor design company that is also an expert in garden maintenance such as Dream Garden. Once the landscaping proposal is approved. It will start with site preparation, soil analysis followed by proper soil amendment, tree planting, installation of automated irrigation system and wiring protection for lighting are part of the first job.

Our highly skilled team can also maintain our masterpieces to conserve the original design of your garden and therefore allowing you to enjoy it in all of its wonderful beauty.This specific technique will aid in the preservation of your garden’s balance and health while allowing nature’s natural evolution to bloom and shine through.

Pruning, replanting, grass care, fertilisation, mineral balancing, plant care and treatment, and, of course, weed control are all covered. Dream Garden is a one-of-a-kind garden care service that comes with a full warranty.

Quality and professionalism go hand in hand with Dream Garden to provide a magnificent garden and our clients’ complete pleasure.

Our landscape architects manage all aspects of garden creation from start to finish, ensuring that our clients receive the highest quality and total satisfaction. We are exterior designers who have worked.

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