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october

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Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:14 PM »
Hello all. I posted this tree awhile back. However, only the initial work was done at the time. I figured I would post a new thread with up to date pictures.

The first pic was the tree as purchased. Before I purchased it , I inspected it and found some workable qualities.

Pic 2 shows the initial work. Which entailed using the tree's side as it's new front and also tilting the tree. Next, almost all of the large cascade branch was cut off, along with a bit of the top of the tree.

Pic 3 The next season, the second set of chops were made. Completely removing the remaining cascade and the top.

Pic 4 is after the first wiring. I used black rubber tape to bend one of the back branches to create a side branch.

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october

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Re: Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 10:18 PM »
continued....

Pic 5 is the tree after some drastic root pruning and repotted. It was put in this pot to recover. It was the only one available that would accommodate the tree and not look completely terrible.

Pic 6 Later in the season. The tree was doing very well.

Pic 7 is the current look of the tree. Due to the enormous amount of work done to it all in one year, I did no pinching. I will also not do any needle removal except for dead ones. After next seasons buds are formed, the tree will start to look neat again. From there it will just be a matter of it filling in.

Thanks for looking.

Rob
 

Joshua Hanzman

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Re: Re: Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 08:30 PM »
Wow, that is such a distinct difference, really great tree... very quality work on it, I must admit when i saw the first picture I thought the trees' future was hopeless... guess I was looking at it a lil too 2D ;D

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Re: Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 06:04 AM »
WowW  Great looking tree and what nice bark.  The progression photos are really great.
 

october

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Re: Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2013, 08:23 AM »
Thank you youngsai and RJNick. Even when a tree initially looks like it may not have potential or problems. Sometimes exploring it from all angles might yield a view that can make a very nice tree.

Rob
 

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Re: Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2013, 09:00 AM »
October,

Tree really looks swell and your design is very nice.

What time of year did you:

Remove the cascade branch?
Perform second set of chops?

Another question please (I think opinions vary on this point). Do you cut or pluck when removing needles (as part of regular seasonal/maint work)?

You really maintained the vigor of the tree during the work.

Best regards,

Augustine
 

october

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Re: Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2013, 10:00 AM »
Hell Augustine.

If I remember correctly, I think I started the first chops in Spring.  I used cut paste on any cut more than 1/2 an inch. Late that Fall, about 6 months later, I think I completed the chops. Then it was left alone until the following Spring. In Spring, branches were chosen and the tree was wired.

In regards to needle removal. White pine needles should be cut with scissors and not plucked. White pines are different than black pines. With white pine, if you pull the needles, you can damage the cambium and affect the growth in that area.

Thank you for noticing the vigor. All parts of the tree are equally strong. After the initial styling in early Spring, no work was to be done all season. The tree would be allowed to grow untouched to recover from the work.

Here are a couple of pics. The first is a virt of the initial work. The second is a relatively accurate size comparison before and after.

Rob
 

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Re: Transforming a bad white pine cascade
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013, 04:35 PM »
Rob,

Thank you, very helpful