i told him its the trees way of saying "jin me"When handling a shotgun, it's best to know which end to point at your big toe. Shari is a dead strip of trunk that runs between a dead root and a dead branch. Each end is dead because the other is dead and/or not servicing it. Some trees share resources, while some like Yew and Juniper and some others do not, they have dedicated roots that service specific branches and vice-versa. The trunk surface is the pathway between them. Normally, or often, shari is the artistic cleaning up of a fault in a tree, for example a branch dies and you decide to jin it because it is in a position that is important to the appearance of the tree and the empty space would spoil that so you don't want to cut it off. If you can see for certain that it is serviced by a given root, for example there exists an obvious bump in the trunk, which reflects the sizes of the branch and the root, the length of the trunk from that branch to the root, you may decide to strip the bark from the trunk (to the root) by grabbing the bark at the base of the branch and pulling it downward and off down to the root. You can score the supposed edges of the bark with a razor knife to aid in delineating the pathway, but that's a double-edged sword. Just because you know that there is no twist in the trunk (you don't know that) doesn't mean that you won't inadvertently kill some other part of the tree above or below those two points. A better way is to grab a strip of bark under the collar of the (dead) branch and pull it down, hopefully to the root. If it is indeed a direct pathway, you can expand upon that on either side and continue the process of ripping down small strips of bark from the branch to the root, or in the other direction to complete the "view".
So, if your Buddy didn't plan the pathway, or didn't follow the procedure to create same he may have killed other branches, trunk & roots, willy-nilly. He may want to just leave the dead stuff where it is, clear away the dead foliage as it progress, and see what the package looks like next year. All the yellowing is done been dead as we used to say back in the day. Tell him not to accept this as a total loss, just a recombobulation of his former design.
This is not my experience of juniper. I have regularly carved spiral shari in youngish juniper trunks and they continue to grow just fine. The sort of junipers that most of us have access to will still have the ability to change sap flow to accommodate damage such as shari and jin. Older trees that already have dead sections are another matter and there is likely to be more and less active sections but that seems to be confined to quite aged trunks such as collected mountain trees or previously carved trunks. Occasionally I have come across areas of juniper trunk that were damaged by previous wiring and bending that were not obvious but that is not the same thing as a live vein connecting a particular root with a particular branch.Some trees share resources, while some like Yew and Juniper and some others do not, they have dedicated roots that service specific branches and vice-versa.
Two trees involved, one has shari! Both have grey colour discolouration not browning out yet. I would suspect spider mites as the first thing to check out. Always the first thing I check on junipers.
no i moved it there so i could get a better picture with my good camera, here is picture with good cameraHmmm...does he keep it next to that white siding of the house? If so...wondering if it's too intense of a light or heat reflection or not getting enough light on the backside? Just a thought.
Keep it away from any other junipers. Could be the work done to the tree, but I would also do the paper check for mites to be sure.