R Scott wrote:In nearly flat land, yes. If you have any slope, you need to be really careful not to create a landslide in a major rain event. At least during establishment before the roots anchor the berm. If you keep the water level at original grade and the wood only makes the berm bigger and all above grade you minimize that risk.
Sam Green wrote:Thanks for the replies, everybody, yes, I do sometimes get sloppy with my terms I "generally" think of swales as the trench and the berms on each side, I guess, cause I figure most times you cant have one without the other, but I can see where that can cause some confusion, so ill work on that. You guys have pretty much answered my question as it seems that tree planting would not be very successful unless theyre VERY large, and that would defeat the whole stacking/efficiency thing im trying to do.
Im thinking the best bet is doing regular dirt berms and use the paul gautchie wood chip method to get the low to no watering and mulching idea im looking for. My rationale is im 45 and might not be till im 50 that I can get my plan up and running so im trying to get to food forest production as quick as i can, cutting out as much of the pioneer stage and avoid the need for irrigation as much as possible, to give me more flexibility for my water features in case permits/plans/etc are in issue in whatever area I set up in.