My first attempt to dig up a tree went pretty well. I mean I may have killed it, but hey, who doesn’t kill the first conifer they dig up? I also live in an area where anywhere from 1 to 200 California Junipers will get bulldozed in any given year to build something, so the ethics of collecting doesn’t apply in exactly the same way as collecting in the Rockies.
Here is the victim. This one doesn’t look so beautiful from this angle, but that is because you can’t see what the trunk is.
After clearing away to crap and loose dirt around the trunk you get something like this.
Needless to say it has a solid base that will eventually be a solid feature of deadwood on the base of this baby.
I started by digging a trench around the outside of the tree. When doing this…
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