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  1. Mike Corazzi

    Do you ever..............

    Got any pix of your "weed over rock" creations? :p
  2. Mike Corazzi

    Do you ever..............

    I never did that either. I got tired of the smell when they popped. ;)
  3. Mike Corazzi

    Do you ever..............

    Doesn't anyone SMOKE them? o_O
  4. Mike Corazzi

    Do you ever..............

    I don't either. I carefully repot them. :)
  5. Mike Corazzi

    Do you ever..............

    .....pull an errant ...WEED....from your bonsai and then throw it on hot concrete to make it wither and die a miserable death? :D
  6. Mike Corazzi

    Ever make a "tree dip?"

    I used up my Neem and just tried this. Didn't know Neem was ok in the soil. Planned to get more tomorrow anyhow.
  7. Mike Corazzi

    Ever make a "tree dip?"

    I discovered some spider mites on a VERY dense small juniper today. I got a bucket deeper than the tree is tall and filled it to the brim. Mixed in a solution of Safer soap. Covered the soil with aluminum foil and holding the soil in with the tree upside down .....DIPPED.... the whole tree in...
  8. Mike Corazzi

    Some bonsai folks have guns

    Guns can be fun. :)
  9. Mike Corazzi

    How long should it take for dead wood to be DEAD dead?

    Pfffftttt...what's a mere 40 years? This is BONSAI.....where time is the essence of perfection. :D
  10. Mike Corazzi

    How long should it take for dead wood to be DEAD dead?

    All this is telling me that a branch cutter may be the one true solution. :D
  11. Mike Corazzi

    How long should it take for dead wood to be DEAD dead?

    It's funny but I did think heat might do it. Since it's so small maybe a butane fireplace lighter could supply a controllable flame. Have to think about this. It should be fairly easy to isolate the greenery.
  12. Mike Corazzi

    How long should it take for dead wood to be DEAD dead?

    This is the second time I've had to rewire a "deadwood" limb this year. It keeps going straight and needing a rewire. Guess it absorbs moisture and thinks it's alive. Will it keep doing this or is there a time period where it will HOLD the position I wire it to? Thanks. ???/
  13. Mike Corazzi

    I figure it's time for some cutting

    Allow me to try a "virt." Oh, I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist it. Ban me now. ;):D In reality, that would be a challenge. So MANY ways to go. Sometimes it's easier when the trunk is less complicated.
  14. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    If it makes any difference at all, I believe I made an error in calling it a Ponderosa. Up til now, I've thought it was a LODGEPOLE pine. No idea why "Ponderosa" came out of my keyboard. And maybe even that's wrong. We got it as a souvenir of a trip when we went through a nursery in...
  15. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    Welllllllll..... not the best sign. I had some pointy rebar and drove it in around the pot and it did NOT feel like there was any compacting. It hit a couple places that felt denser than others, but overall it went in like I would expect it to on any of my bonsai potted pines. :confused:
  16. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    I misunderstood. I thought the holes you suggested were to be into the root ball AFTER getting out of the pot. I'll try POKING some through the surface. :)
  17. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    Would it be of any beneficial use to try poking holes from the top to maybe aid in aeration? There's a good chance it's "drainage" but that would take getting ALL of it out.
  18. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    It's in a very large garden pot. Probably weighs close to 80 pounds or so. Thought about the slip pot but not having looked below the surface, I'm afraid it could become an "excavator" pot operation. :eek:
  19. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    My conclusion also. It's very slow growing and about 5 feet tall. It has never really "filled out" and looks to me like it did 12 years ago. Who knows? It will get a repot next season and see from there.
  20. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    Nope. DARN IT! No critters. VERY healthy looking sapwood under the dead spots. :confused:
  21. Mike Corazzi

    Ponderosa (?) problem...

    I don't even know that this IS a ponderosa. We got it in Nevada about 12-15 years ago for a potted tree for the front yard. It has never been repotted. It is in lava and some potting soil as I recall. Never been wired, pruned, or anything. This year the needles are coming out in bunches...
  22. Mike Corazzi

    Shimpaku juniper newbie styling and pruning advice

    Plural of "apex": Tops. :p
  23. Mike Corazzi

    Nailing down the wind.

    Won't need that. It is VERY securely anchored now. I did this on it when it was in the pot that was so shallow it almost KILLED it. Dried out too fast, but the anchors held well. Seems I gotta be improvising some sort of stuff to be happy. o_O
  24. Mike Corazzi

    Nailing down the wind.

    WHUT ??? Yep, I cobbled up a way to deal with our OCCASIONAL heavy, heavy, HEAVY winds. In another thread, Bonsai Nut suggested my juniper pot looked too small. https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/am-i-drowning-or-rotting-my-juniper-roots.33750/ Well....dammit... you KNOW how crap like that...
  25. Mike Corazzi

    Am I drowning or rotting my juniper roots?

    Thats ONE of the reasons I repotted it onto GOOD soil. I am a newly initiated acolyte in the ..... um... eek... AKADAMA order. :rolleyes: In my new robes, I now MIX that stuff in with some SUPER (according to my local sensei) INFALLIBLE and holy and good special source ...potting... soil...