The cost of planting a mini-forest depends on its size and the amount of preparatory work needed.
Expenses include plants; labor, supplies, and equipment associated with preparing the soil; and
fencing to protect the mini-forest during the first three years. Planting seedlings is less expensive than
planting 6΄-8΄ trees. Using volunteers to plant a mini-forest helps the town save in labor costs. Once a
mini-forest is planted, the costs are minimal. Periodic weeding and watering are needed only in the
first three years. After three years, the forest maintains itself.