Food Forest Gardens utilize Permaculture (“Permanent Agriculture”) design principles that produce regenerative and prolific gardens that require less work over time. The idea is not to garden in a forest but to mimic the many connections present in a forest setting from the soil to plant placement. Typically, forest gardens are planted in five to seven layers consisting of a large tree canopy, followed by a dwarf to semi-dwarf fruiting tree, small to medium sized fruiting shrub, herbaceous annuals or perennials, root crops, ground covers and vines. Emphasis is placed on many varieties of perennial plants that serve multiple purposes. Many urban forest gardens include small birds and animals.
Winter is here, Chicago, and it's time to make sure your landscapes are ready for the cold season ahead. A few tips from our experts: be sure to wrap your arborvitaes to protect them from the wind and snow; make sure your leaves are picked up to avoid potential icy hazards; shut down and put away fountains and/or fountain pumps and clean out and prepare your bird feeders for winter visitors.