One idea - zone3
Can inter-plant many other trees between the immature fruit/nut trees that will be harvested as the primary trees need the space. For example, if I were to plant 3 pecan trees, maybe I would really plant 6 and cut down or coppice the three less vigorous ones. Also, can run chicken tractors and can grow garden vegetables and flowers around each tree. As many nitrogen fixing trees as there are "permanent residents." Also, maybe I would put the trees that will eventually be much larger towards the North so they won't later shade the dwarf trees? Not so sure about placement, yet, but getting ideas.
- 1/4 acre planted to full sized fruit trees that won't really be entering into their production years for 7-10 years - 12 at 30 foot spacing
- 1/4 acre planted to full sized nut trees - 12 at 30 foot spacing
- 1/4 acre planted to full sized sugar maple trees - 12 at 30 foot spacing
- 1/4 acre planted to dwarf/semi dwarf fruit trees - 48 at 15 foot spacing