Ground cover design

The ground cover layer would be worked on after implementing the tree planting and guilds. Until then we kept a nursery bed to increase our stocks of forest garden ground covers, eg ground cover raspberries, wild strawberries and mints and we maintained the existing grass by letting it grow and scything once or twice a year, thereby building soil and harvesting mulch material for our hedge. This was small and slow solutions with minimum effort for maximum gain!