Yard Juniper - Can it become a bonsai?

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I have a type of low-growing juniper in my front yard that I want to move. It's in a space that I want to turn into an area to plant my smaller tress for growth. I originally planned to just dig it up and throw it away, but once I started sorting through the foliage, I noticed it had a decent trunk. So, now my options are to either dig it up as planned, fashion it into a yard bonsai, or dig it up and try to pot it. Any suggestions for which would be the best idea? If I were to fashion it into a yard bonsai style, any ideas on how I would proceed with that?

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If your initial plan was to throw it out, then there's no loss in potting it up. If it lives, you can always plant it back into the ground later. If it dies, then you've learned a valuable lesson or two.
I don't see any downsides to this!
 

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The big problem with overgrown garden junipers is that they don't do well without foliage. They also seem to need leaves to stimulate root growth. Can you prune this tree back enough to dig and transplant and still leave some green foliage? The long, bare branches on this one look like a problem.
There are ways to solve this if the trunk really is good.
 

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