Hi!, Just want to know how your tree fell over? If you want a simple, unobtrusive way to attach trees to benches so they don't get blown or knocked over I can share my method with you.I bought this one this past spring from NEBG. I was told it was a Mark Comstock tree. It fell off the bench the third week I owned it and I am just watching how it grows for now to make sure it is healthy before I do too much. Hope to use it for workshop next spring.
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My thinking too, keep it alive and get as much growth as possible. Then next spring see what I have. I see what you're saying trying to figure out the front and appreciate the advice!My low impact approach would be to carefully bring the middle and lower branches down to a more horizontal position to assess the foliage, branch and trunk structure potential. Use string or guy wire to do this temporarily. Then step back and visually decide which is the front of the tree followed by which branches should be removed or repositioned based on the trunk's natural movement and foliage distribution. Generally, I try to follow the natural movement of the trunk line and then choose the alternating branch positions. The trunk can be reshaped (wired) to exaggerate its natural movement if desired. I recommend not doing any significant work until spring. This gives you lots of time to contemplate the initial design.
The taller one kinda looks like mine and I was thinking of styling in the same manner. Thanks for the pics and inspiration, I have some work to do.The first one I have had little responsibility for its styling. The latter, came from raw stock (I believe from Mark Comstock) and at the time I was overrun with trees so I had to start pruning things back. Once I got started it started making more sense, so I bothered wiring it out. I like how it turned out but it needs to develop a bit. (It could use a repot too. I don’t know what I was thinking.)
With Hinoki, you work your way in, not out. Keep the growth on the interior. You're not going to get anymore. You don't really want to "open it up". Remove branches growing from obviously wrong places. Use copper wire to put the remaining branches where you want them. Shorten the branches as needed.Looking good after the early season fall off the bench. I am think maybe I can do some light trimming to open it up.
That was my plan. Remove foliage from the outside in. I meant I was opening it up to let light into that inner growth. I might save the styling until later this year. I just want to get light to those inner pieces of growth and be able to see more to plan the design.With Hinoki, you work your way in, not out. Keep the growth on the interior. You're not going to get anymore. You don't really want to "open it up". Remove branches growing from obviously wrong places. Use copper wire to put the remaining branches where you want them. Shorten the branches as needed.
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