Friday, December 9, 2011

David's Wild Tree Project & Winter Tree Protection Ideas

A wild tree like that can be a lot of fun to work with. Plus the price is right. David C.sent this photo of something wild that he has been encouraging and trimming in his back yard. He writes this of the project:

I dug this small tree up from near our property line ,5 or 6 years ago and moved it so the neighbor wouldn’t mow it down. I keep it cut back for bonsai stock, it was about 2 feet high, but a deer rutting in our back yard tore the top off, now its about 1 foot tall and the top 2 branches that he left are broken, I guess I’ll dig it up and tilt it using the bottom branch as the new trunk ,I have no idea what it is, the leaves are small and it seems to grow very slow.

It will be fun to see how this project progresses in the coming years. 

David also added this good view of a spacious cold frame that he has built to winter over some of his trees. Such a cold frame offers good protection from the drying effect of winter winds, while allowing the trees to stay dormant. 
Don't forget that plants will still use a little water while they are dormant, so b be sure to check plant periodically during the winter.  Some member let a coating of snow inside the frame to insure that the trees stay moist.

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