Check out this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on how to build an orchard. Learn about orchard layouts, orchard spacing, orchard signs, custom designs, & more!!
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How To Make A Simple Orchard
What You Need
- Fruit / Fruit Trees
- Fences (optional)
- Custom Designs (optional)
Prepare A Location For The Orchard
In preparation for building your orchard, first prepare a location to work with. If you plan to have all 5 tree varieties in your orchard, you're going to need a sufficiently large enough space to keep them all. Also, it's important to place it in a way that doesn't get in the way of your other buildings.Check Out How To Get Fruit Here
Mark Where To Place Trees
When you plant trees, you'll need a 3x3 grid with the tree in the center tile. Trees cannot grow in tiles next to other trees, so be careful. You can prevent these kind of mistakes from happening by carefully laying out Custom Designs.
Growing New Trees From Fruits
When you bury a fruit into the ground to make a new tree, you need to be careful about overplanting! If there are over 12 trees in a 9x9 grid area around it, the new tree will not grow! If you're having trouble with this, plant and grow your tree elsewhere and then move it after it's fully grown.
Fence Off Your Orchard
Finally, surround your trees with a nice fence to really make it clear that what you've got here is a proper orchard! Consider giving your orchard multiple entrance points as well.
Orchard Construction/Design Tips
Plant Palm Trees On Sand
If you're looking to include palm trees in your orchard, you'll need to create a sand tile using the Island Designer tool. You cannot plant palm trees on regular ground, so take note!
Replace Fences With Natural Objects
You can give your orchard a significantly more "natural" feel by opting to replace man-made fences with something like shrubs! If you want to make it even fancier, try setting up your orchard on top of a cliff as well.> How To Get Shrubs/Hedges
Decorate With A Sign
Although it's by no means necessary, you can get some bonus style points if you include a small sign at the entrance of your orchard! This will act as a visual aid to visitors, letting them know you're dealing with an orchard. Use the Custom Design tool to fashion a sign of your> Check Out Custom Designs For Signs (With QR Codes) Here
Change The Ground/Flooring
If you want to further customize your orchard, try changing around the floor tiles! You don't even need to use custom designs for this - we recommend placing a Dark Dirt Path on the ground. This can be purchased for 2000 Nook Miles.
Prepare Trees For Furniture (Optional)
If you're already doing tree management, you might as well consider adjusting the number of trees on your island to easily be able to farm Furniture that drops from trees. By reducing your non-fruit trees to 7, you can permanently designate which trees will drop furniture every day. This is a somewhat time-consuming process but will pay off in the long run.Check Out How To Set Up Furniture Trees
Our Orchard Designs
Gorilla Fan's Orchard
|Gorilla Fan||In an effort to solve my island's food shortage issues, I put together an orchard with an emphasis on convenience and saving space. It serves as an ideal spot for the gorillas and Dom to rest and relax!|
Pros To Building An Orchard
Efficient Fruit Harvesting
Creating an orchard will concentrate all your fruit trees to one location, making it possible to collect all fruits in one go! This means you will no longer have to run around the island to gather fruits - you'll save so much time in the long run!
Easy To Keep Track Of Your Trees
One additional point is that you'll be able to easily distinguish between your fruit and non-fruit trees. If you ever wanted to cut down a tree that was in the way, but were unsure if it was a fruit tree, then making an orchard is highly recommended! You can be sure that trees in your orchard are fruit trees, and ones outside it are not!
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