Have you tried the Miyawaki method of afforestation?
Thuvakkam, a Mylapore-based voluntary organisation, has started a project that shows how to “construct” a forest in one’s backyard, based on a revolutionary concept that originated in Japan and is spreading to other parts of the globe.
Thuvakkam has started a project based on growing native species in Miyawaki method of afforestation.
The initiative was launched in a school, crafting a mini forest on 800 sq. ft. of land in Thirumudivakkam.