Yaupon Holly part 3

In September 2015, nearly a year (2 months of which was procrastination) after wiring, it was definitely time to get the wires off! The tree has grown just fine all year.
April:

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June:

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September:

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When wires are as buried as these:

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I try to make one decisive “dig” and cut with wire cutters:

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When the wire is cut, I twist just a bit clockwise to loosen the coil:

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And the wire comes off with minimal bark damage:

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With the wire gone, it’s time to shape the tree. Not as aggressively as last fall this time…

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Not bad for 3 1/2 years. 3/2012:

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9/2015:

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