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jlushious
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« on: July 13, 2013, 08:55 PM »

I was at our club meeting last week and I was chatting with one of the ladies who had brought this big old hemlock, I was asking her some questions about how old it was and all that, she couldn't remember some details, so she pulled out this great binder. After flipping through a ton of pages of tree documenting, she showed me one page that had notes and photos that outlined where she got the tree and pictures of all the major work she had done and when! She must have it on her computer and update it when she does work then re-prints the page for the hard copy book.

I thought this was great! I just wondered if anyone else has developed a system like this, I am guessing when you get that many trees it's hard to remember where and when you got them all! I would like to start something like this to keep track and journal all the work I am doing.

What does everyone else do?
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Dirk
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 12:51 AM »

I'm using photo's of every major change (acquisition, repottings, stylings etc.) and keep them on my computer. Every tree in a separate folder.
I'm often looking back to see development and filling in with foliage.
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Judy
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2013, 07:03 AM »

This is something I keep meaning to get organized.  I currently only have a large stash of photos in the computer.  I have seen apps for this purpose, and wonder if anyone uses them, and if they're any good.  A binder sounds like a great idea...
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Chrisl
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2013, 09:27 AM »

I use Bonsai Album app and I love it.
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FrankP999
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2013, 02:15 PM »

http://otetsudaiqt.sourceforge.net/ for tree inventory, OneNote for notes, reference material etc.
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2013, 04:35 PM »

Thanks Frank, I'm going to try it out. I think this looks like a great tool!
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2013, 08:16 PM »

This is seriously amazing, I just spent a few hours putting the whole database together - what a lifesaver! I would recommend this for everyone.
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pwk5017
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2013, 09:47 AM »

Mine is real simple. Text document to make notes of where I acquired the tree, how much, what year, who collected it, who sold it. Then, I make note of when I repotted/styled the tree, any pests I might have encountered during the year etc. Each year, each tree gets a few lines in their document. Then, I just throw a bunch of photos and design virtuals/sketches in the folder with the text document. I do rely on my memory a bit too much sometimes, but Im young, so hopefully I have 50 more years before I need to worry about memory loss : )  Maybe 70 years if im lucky.
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2013, 10:57 AM »

Drawings are made, size, age and whatever is noted with a date.
Photos are taken and entered into a photo album.
Also notebooks have entries on tree info.
This was started back in 80/81 .

I don't trust on-line storage or printers [ ink is not archival ] so good old pen, pencil and paper will do.
[ yes I know of fire and insects that eat paper - chuckle ]
Good Afternoon.
Anthony
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