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Summer is ending, not much we can do with our trees? Time to relax? Maybe? We must continue maintenance, pruning, those pesky shoots on some trees just keep growing. This slow period is a great time to take stock of your Bonsai situation. This is a great time to mix soil for dormant period repotting and cleaning pots. Look at each tree, document a plan: future pot, major pruning needed, etc. Think about styling changes, grafts, (thread grafts, slip grafts, approach grafts, etc.).
Many trees do not bud back on old wood for example Eastern Cedar, think carefully about major pruning on these trees. Grafting is the best way to make significant changes here. Then there are trees like the Trident Maple, you can prune them practically to the ground and they will bud like crazy. Cut a branch, stick it in the ground, and there you have a new tree. Tridents are great for the learning Bonsai artist, they take graft well, accept major pruning, they seem to love attention, and the more you do to them the more they respond. Some trees are strictly pinch and grow. Bonsai are much like little children you can ignore them for a while but it is a really bad idea. Better to nurture them and coax them into the best they can be.
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