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Demolition Juniper :)

Postby fishnfreak » March 23rd, 2017, 4:31 pm

As explained in the "Species ID" topic, i have been on a job close to home, demolishing a 30yr old landscaping yard.

There were 2 large "junipers"....im putting them in quotation marks as im not certain, there was a suggestion that it could be Cuppressus Macrocarpa if it had cones. It has none, and there were no cones scattered in the undergrowth.

As per Alpinearts instructions, i removed 1/2 the vegetation, i also cut back all the dead inside growth.

I then used the 22 tonne excavator to dig it out, which i was grateful for as the soil was very hard and compacted, and filled with palm tree roots.

The tree took all of 5 minutes to dig out, sling up and transfer into a bobcat bucket. It then went over to the smoko hut for root trimming and there it now sits, looking huge and awaiting tomorrow.

Im building a box for it tonight. I cant find soft Scoria anywhere locally, the local landscape yard only has hard scoria at large sizes. So im going to buy a large bag of Akadama and pine chips from Bonsai Mujo tomorrow and use that as my medium.

Hopefully myself and my brother are able to move it from my ute to the box, i deadlift 200kg and my brother is a big bloke but i still have doubts....i dont know how you guys manage these big trees!!
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby benbonsai » March 23rd, 2017, 5:25 pm

That has potential
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby fishnfreak » March 23rd, 2017, 6:55 pm

Hope it pulls through now.

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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby Sambow » March 23rd, 2017, 7:04 pm

That this is awesome

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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby pebble » March 23rd, 2017, 7:41 pm

I can't see you moving that with out a machine. Good luck and hope it all goes well
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby fishnfreak » March 23rd, 2017, 7:58 pm

Yeah my thoughts too Pebble. Im going to remove some soil tomorrow and try to test lift it wirh a worl mate. If we can gwt it off the ground then game on. If not....it'll end up as mulch [FEARFUL FACE][CRYING FACE][CRYING FACE][CRYING FACE]

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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby fishnfreak » March 23rd, 2017, 7:58 pm

By the way, it now stands about 1.3m tall

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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby Boics » March 23rd, 2017, 8:52 pm

I took up Bonsai to appreciate small tree's!
You've clearly got far more room than I do!
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby alpineart » March 23rd, 2017, 10:00 pm

Hi fishnfreak , nice score , has potential in my book :yes: . Those big oversize mechanical shovels make easy work out of a bloody big task ;)

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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby Jag001 » March 23rd, 2017, 10:37 pm

Its a matter of taste as far as tree size is concerned. I have seen some really delightful small trees that are well proportioned as far as trunk size to vertical height and branch thickness in relation to both. However personally I like larger trees and you have me incredibly jealous as it is so difficult to get trees of this size to work with.

Good luck with them, I hope they survive the transplant for you.

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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby macca66 » March 23rd, 2017, 11:03 pm

That tree could be seriously stunning!
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby Jdceng » March 24th, 2017, 6:28 am

Hi

They would make stunning Niwaki styled entry trees to a bonsai garden area either in pots or in the ground.
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby fishnfreak » March 24th, 2017, 12:40 pm

Turns out i can lift it by myself....luckily as my helper is going to go to the local watering hole for a cold one!
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby mattgatenby » March 24th, 2017, 2:13 pm

Go hard son !!!

Hope it pulls through.....
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Re: Demolition Juniper :)

Postby pebble » March 24th, 2017, 5:41 pm

It's amazing how light they can be with out all that dirt. At least you don't have to go to the gym today :)


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