Caring for shari

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This juniper was purchased at a club aution and has been with me for about 5 years. In that time, I've noticed the shari slowly changing. The cracks are getting deeper and the corner is separating. The wood feels solid, but I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I've heard that lime sulfur has little protective power. Should I be adding some kind of oil or resin?
 

Dav4

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Natural aging deadwood is the best, and that's what you have there. Some people would suggest a periodic application of lime sulfur to lightly preserve and bleach the wood. Honestly, the lime sulfur won't really preserve anything, and I prefer the muted greys of natural deadwood anyway. I will apply a 1/2 strength application of PC petrifier every few years, which is an actual wood hardener, which will help to protect the wood from decay.
 

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This juniper was purchased at a club aution and has been with me for about 5 years. In that time, I've noticed the shari slowly changing. The cracks are getting deeper and the corner is separating. The wood feels solid, but I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I've heard that lime sulfur has little protective power. Should I be adding some kind of oil or resin?

Ryan Neil said he uses Smith's Penetrating Epoxy to protect the deadwood on his trees.
 

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