Repotting an Old Trident Maple

Bought at the Illawarra show last May, the basic plan for this old trident maple (1991) was to deal with the congestion at the apex, remove the highest root on the right-hand side and change the angle when repotting. The […]

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Spraying Trees With Diluted Lime Sulphur by Andrew Edge

Being the first month of winter means it’s the first of three ‘bench sprays’ with diluted lime sulphur over the next three months. I like to do any spraying on the first weekend of the month. That way I remember […]

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Bonsai By The Harbour: Michele Toomey

It was a real treat for me to attend Bonsai by the Harbour this June, not only because it was the first time I’d ever been able to attend this event, but also because our previously wet and cold winter […]

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Workshop Notes: Michele Toomey

October is still a good time to repot many evergreens, such as olives, pyracantha and buxus. Chinese elms can be repotted almost any time of the year, so now is also a good time for working on them. The other […]

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Gogo Juice by Lee Wright

I went to Bunnings to get some Seamungus to give my bonsai a shot in the arm but the only size they had was more than I could use, more than I could carry. Forget that. So I turned to […]

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A TIMELY REMINDER: MONDO MONSTER

Working on a neglected maple forest last week reminded me of Lee Wright’s warning about mondo grass in a previous newsletter. The under-plantings in this setting were totally overgrown and needed radical thinning or removal. Military grass, violets, miniature ivy […]

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SEASONAL PINE WORK

If you haven’t already, now is the time to prepare your pine trees for their spring growth. Maintenance now sets the tree up more even candle development in spring through balancing the energy of the tree by directing the energy […]

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