Block plantings are several rows of trees and shrubs planted parallel to each other. They are especially appropriate for backyards prone to erosion problems.
- Find a spot on your property that could benefit from a block planting. Decide what to plant and draw a map showing where the planting will go on your lot.
- When you plant trees in rows, follow the natural contours of the land. Give the rows a gentle curve; this will help protect wildlife from predators and the elements.
- From the end, your block planting will resemble a pyramid. Low-growing species (such as shrubs) should be planted in the outside rows, and taller species (such as spruce trees) should be planted in the centre. This design provides a variety of nesting and perching heights for birds.
- Incorporate existing landscape features such as trees, streams, and rock piles, into your planting design.
- Water the shrubs and trees until they're well established, and then during dry spells.
- Replace dead plants as necessary, but leave mature snag trees standing as potential nesting sites for wildlife.
- See "Plant Project Maintenance Tips" for further suggestions.