Estimate

Approx time & money estimates for different forest garden jobs, per 100m²

Freshly mulched bare soil in forest garden
Wood chip mulch on top of bare soil in the forest garden

Estimate per 100m²

  • Assume clearing grass land
  • 1 tonne bark or wood chip mulch, £35 per tonne
  • Approx 400 plants (3-5 per m²)
  • Approx 250g White Mustard seed temp ground cover plant

Ground preparation

Sheet mulch

  • Sheet mulch per 100m² (2m x 50m) £40
  • Metal pegs x50 £10
Job Time
Mow 3 hr
Lay sheet mulch 3 hr
Leave 2-3 mth
Lift sheet mulch 3 hr
Lay bark 6 hr
Plant ground cover 4 hr
Sow temp cover 1 hr
Total 20 hr

Scraping

  • Mini-digger 1 day hire £100
  • Digger drive 1 day £100
  • Diesel £20

Only cost effective for half hectare site, ⅓ of which scraped ie 1500 m².

Job Time
Mow 3 hr
Digger scrape 4 hr
Lay bark 6 hr
Plant ground cover 4 hr
Sow temp cover 1 hr
Total 20 hr

Area of 1500m²

  • 15 tonne bark £525
  • 6,000 ground cover plants
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