Large Maple Groundlayer

A couple of months ago I managed to have a look at the new roots growing on this very large Japanese Maple garden tree that I had ground layered two years ago here.

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 autumn 2017

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March 2018

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Evidence of new roots

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Wooden box removed and rootball undercut

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Plenty of new root beginning to thicken.  These were spread and left to extend and thicken.

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No new roots on this side.  Older thicker roots were trimmed around the whole tree.

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The bare side was cut again and pasted with rooting hormone.  Tree replanted with free draining soil mix and covered.

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Back in the flower bed for another two years.

Amur Maples Root Pruning

These hardwood cuttings are a few years old now and as usual are first to bud out.  Mixed results when inspecting the roots for each tree.  The first one was growing in a plant pot.

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360 root spread

 

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Long, thick roots shortened.

 

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Ready to go in the ground

The next tree was less impressive and has never really flourished even though it has been in the ground since rooting as a cutting.

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Before work – great lower trunk

 

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Before pruning – a lot of awkwardly growing roots.

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After – not much good left! All one sided.

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In the ground with a tourniquet