However, yesterday we rescued a 20-30 year old dwarf Japanese tree from being whacked. The tree may have out grown the flower bed provided, but the thought of cutting it down made me cringe. With the tree growing on an incline, the task of saving the tree was a tad easier, we started by locating as many roots as possible with a water hose and nozzle attachment. The water was the best solution for any hope for the transplanting and survival of the quarter century old maple.
As you can see from the pictures above, a dwarf Japanese maple at over 20 years old is not small in stature. Thanks be to the use of a water hose to help us define or “follow” the main root system. Although, we did not get the full tap root, we did manage to keep lots of feeder roots intacted.
This dwarf Japanese maple is the oldest and largest flora rescued to date since starting my plant rescue mission in fall of ’09. All suggestions and ideas for the continuation of a healthy life for our newest tree are appreciated. I think I will let the tree tell me when and where to prune. I am just happy to offer a loving home.