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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2009, 07:56 PM »
Andrew, and others in the area, you're always welcome to come down to Louisville for a club meeting.  Or, join us for study group.  Lots of good work goes on during the study group meetings.  The next meeting is Saturday, September 12th.  If you want to practice on one of my trees or get a chance to use copper you're welcome to it.
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2009, 09:17 PM »
Andrew,
If you can make it over to where John is, I would recommend it. Using copper wire will give you mow reliable results (if applied correctly) because of the highly flexible nature of smaller juniper branches. Also, if you work with somone who has a good deal of experience with wiring, they can help you avoid the common mistakes of breaking branches and cracking them more than you need to.

Here is a picture of John working on his Western Juniper during a workshop at my place in August. (Akio is hiding behind the big Ashe Juniper on the end.

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2009, 09:24 PM »
See if he will trade that for the alien.....Now we are talking

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2009, 09:40 PM »
I am stubborn, I'll keep he Alien, I just can't eat spaghetti when it is nearby.

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2009, 04:44 AM »
I went ahead and wired the tree on Monday.  I knew I wasnt going to make it down to John's place anytime soon.  I also only had aluminum.  So I made do.
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2009, 11:21 AM »
Hi Andrew,
I was wondering what the purpose of the wire is? Do you really want the branches to be straight and level with the ground, or do you want them to be pushed down? with the aluminum wire and the tight spirals (Boon always got after me about this...) you cant really get the wire to hold the branches in the correct position. You may want to wrap wires around the pot and then guy wire the branches down a bit, attaching he guy wires to the branches and then wires on the pot. also, it is good to reflect the gentle movement in the trunk with movement in the branches, and you will need to keep a close eye on the wire, RMJ do not always grow real fast, but they can thicken up and tight wire will bite in. Having dealt with many wire scars over the years, please avoid on junipers if possible.

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2009, 03:55 PM »
Thanks for the info John.  Ill take the wire off and do guy wires this saturday.     andy
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2009, 07:45 PM »
Andrew, sorry I wasn't clear, probably jet lag... Leave the wire on, just watch it especially next spring when the tree pushes new growth. You can use this wire to protect the branches when you guy wire them down. Make sense? This is one of the reasons many folks use copper when  they can, it gives them a ot of holding power with fairly small wire.

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