Watching these Kathy Shaner demos provides a good reminder to work on rough stock to prepare it for styling later. 40 minutes well-spent:
It motivated me to take another look at this shimpaku stock that’s been allowed to grow mostly unchecked for the last couple years waiting for just the right opportunity. It has several good alternatives, and I’m not ready to exclude any of them yet…but several branches are unnecessary from any perspective. Best to get them out of the way now, and push that growth back closer to the trunk, and let it “puff up” again, as Kathy put it.
Several potential fronts:
Continuing this throughout the tree leaves all the design options on the table, spreads out the branch reduction over time, allows more light into the tree, and improves density in close to the trunk/main branches. Not much difference…
Similarly, the exposed high root won’t be part of any final design, so it will be removed over several months. Take out a wedge from the top and give it time to redirect any water lines and to begin healing over. It’s likely this area will be Shari in 2/3 of the designs, but I want it to begin healing in any event.
The work let more light into the interior of the tree, and with good sunlight and heavy feeding, that will mean better density and more shoots to work with when it’s time to style. Plus, spreading out the work over several months will keep the tree strong.