off road Junipers

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Here are 3 junipers that I collected off the side of the road, leterally! They were destine for the dump! I knew they were not there the day before so they couldn't of been out of the ground for long? So I had to stop and pick them up before the trash man did. I pruned everything off and only kept what I thought I could use(mainly everything but one branch) . It was late fall so maybe just maybe they will make it. I proceeded to cut and load. This is my first attemp at posting pics so bear with me ;-)
What was so nice about these junipers is that I didn't even break a sweat collecting them ;-) They must be at least 25- 30 years old.
It was Nov 3 here in zone 6 when I potted them up. They spent 2 days in my garage before then. The temps were supposed to dip into the upper 20s low 30s so I placed them in the garage until the temps rebounded in a couple days. Crazy weather!! I potted them in all lava rock and spagnum moss. As of today they are nice and green and looks like they will make it,, all three of them. I hope anyway. I can't wait to get they grinder out;-)

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I would put those things in shade ASAP or under shade cloth or similar. Good score!
 

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Sweeett! John, outstanding. My brother and I spent the better part of a day digging the same size and quantity up. He hasn't spoken to me since;). Nice score
 

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Nice score, John. Are you planning on carving a lot of the wood? If so, when?
(If I bring home anymore "roadside" finds, I might lose one wife).
 

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Sweeett! John, outstanding. My brother and I spent the better part of a day digging the same size and quantity up. He hasn't spoken to me since;). Nice score
ROTFLMAO
Yea I bet lol. These were taken out with a backhoe and left for the junk man (me ;-o )

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Nice score, John. Are you planning on carving a lot of the wood? If so, when?
(If I bring home anymore "roadside" finds, I might lose one wife).
Hey Barry long time no type.
I may start some this winter if I get real bored. If not be in the summer. I want to start before the wood has to much time to dry out, makes carving a bit harder. I will take my time as not to move them to much so as not to hurt the developing roots (I hope)
I want them to get vigorous before I do any bending and styling.

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I would put those things in shade ASAP or under shade cloth or similar. Good score!
They have been protected 2 months now. I just had them there for pics. They were then moved into the garage and then at Christmas moved into my hillbilly hut for the winter. This dagone weather is something else today, in the 50s and supposed to be for the next 3 or 4 days. I even have some flower bulbs wanting to push up. Not good!!

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Huh? I gotta know more as I can't even imagine.
LOL! It is just one of those canvas garage tent type thing that I put up to winter my trees in. The first time I put it up in the back yard my wife said it looked like a hillbilly hut ;-) so that is what I call it.

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LOL! It is just one of those canvas garage tent type thing that I put up to winter my trees in. The first time I put it up in the back yard my wife said it looked like a hillbilly hut ;-) so that is what I call it.

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Gotcha. I was imagining something built from old pallets and fence posts with a ragged blue tarp for a roof. Not that I have anything like that in my back yard...
 

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John .... I like it. So much that I have 3 of them. Sam's club 200.00 bucks, which I consider a deal. There good quality and last forever. The first one I purchased was 4 years ago and almost looks like new. I find it good winter quarters, and in the summer I remove the sides. Viola, a shaded spot that works as well as shade netting.
 

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Yep Sam,s club $200 good deal and strong frame. You can put them up in a short span.

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A little too soon for that Dwight. These trees are in recuperation mode and doubt that they will see any human intervention with the exception of TLC for another year or so. During this time frame, John is definitely studying which direction(s) he will take when the time comes.
 

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A little too soon for that Dwight. These trees are in recuperation mode and doubt that they will see any human intervention with the exception of TLC for another year or so. During this time frame, John is definitely studying which direction(s) he will take when the time comes.
I tend to err on the side of caution with collected material. Junipers are vigorous plants and can handle a lot of abuse. However I have found once the roots are disturbed it will take them about three growing seasons to re-establish a root system powerful enough to tolerate further abuse the Jinning process and the wiring process and the styling process will inflict on it. I would not do anything any more aggressive than pinching back and minor pruning. Leave the major work for at least two more growing seasons.
 
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Nice find. Don't you love it when that happens? ;)

One question, if you don't mind, I noticed a lot of branches sawed off, did you do this?


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A little too soon for that Dwight. These trees are in recuperation mode and doubt that they will see any human intervention with the exception of TLC for another year or so. During this time frame, John is definitely studying which direction(s) he will take when the time comes.

Guess I should have asked about any new growth as thats what I ment....DO !
 

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I originally saw these trees in another thread on another forum, and I've been looking forward for an update on their health. How did they do this past winter?
Hoping for good news,


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