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While I was weeding around the pines, I noticed one that was falling over. The dreaded gopher strikes again! This time he did not eat all the roots. He ate most of the larger roots, but left a few smaller roots. As I investigated the row of pines, I noticed that he had skipped a pine and went to the next one. Same result! ARGGGGHHH! Again he ate most of the roots. As I thought about it I realized that maybe he is doing me a favor. These were pines that I had wired and left on the tree. I purposely left the wire so that the tree would grow around the wire. The wire may have prevented the gopher from eating the whole root system. So instead of trapping the gopher, I think I will let him eat his fill of pine roots. The trees he selected were fairly well established. I took them out of the ground carefully. Then I pruned them back to just a few shoots near the trunk. Then I planted them in shallow 6 inch bulb pans with rooting hormone. After I put them on the bench, I gave them a nice drink of water. Then I stepped back and looked carefully at my pines. They have a decent size with a nice twisting trunk. They have many very small shoots protruding out from the trunk. These are going to be quite interesting in a few year! Now only if he would stop eating all the roots, we may have an understanding...
This week began with the promise of rain. The first storm never made it as far south as projected and missed us completely. The next storm is suppose to hit us this weekend. We have had an unusually dry and cold winter. Many of the trees growing in the field have still not completely leafed out. There are years when we have a warm February when the trees are completely leafed out. The last of the weeds in the field around the base of the trees is done being removed. If it rains over the weekend, some of the weeds may regrow. I am trying to rake up the weed and throw it into the trash cans before the rains. I have also been working on sprucing up the trees on the benches in anticipation of the CBS(California Bonsai Society) convention in April from the 12th-15th. My Father will be doing a demonstration on a large San Jose juniper that we dug out of the field last year. We will also be conducting a workshop with older San Jose junipers with nice size and movement. Hope to see everyone there. Today I ordered soil for our nursery that we use in transplanting the trees in the nursery containers. I have been transplanting all day. I do not think I will catch up any time soon. Last year I did not do too much transplanting. If you are interested in buying nursery stock in containers, you should come by in the next few months before they are put into bigger containers.