Collecting For Bonsai: 2 Hawthorns 2016 – The Boothe Farm 2

Collecting For Bonsai: 2 Hawthorns 2016 – The Boothe Farm 2


>>Josh: Where we headed? [tractor sounds]
♫ bluegrass music ♫>>Narration: Earlier this year, I recorded a video about my friend’s farm and seeing some good hawthorns. Now we’ve come to collect. The first step is clearing away the branches. The second step is keeping the goats
away from the camera. This particular hawthorn was like cut through a thicket! For larger branches, use a pair of
lopers or large pruners. Take your time. You can cut the branch off, but you can’t cut it back on I’m making all my cuts long on the
branches and on the trunk. If there is any dieback, I can always prune to
better growth and not ruin the shape. It’s best to make these types of cuts while the
tree is still in the ground. You get some extra leverage and don’t have
to worry about damaging the roots as you would if you had already dug it up. ♫bluegrass music♫ The next step is clearing the debris and
the dirt around the base of the trunk. It gives a good line of sight for you to start digging. My good friend and the property owner,
Mr Boothe, decided to assist me some. Some. In all actuality I couldn’t have done it without him. We start digging a
trench around the tree. The general rule is about five to six times the
width of the base of the trunk. We use our hands to get underneath
and clear out some of the dirt. We also find the large thick roots,
and use branch lopers to cut through. Don’t waste time trying to
hack through roots with a shovel. Use branch lopers or a saw You get a clean cut,
which is actually better for the tree. What you should use the shovel
for is helping pry it loose. We were paying more attention to getting this
tree out safely than we were about filming, so the last few steps are now going
to be up to your imagination. It’s actually just a few more cuts and
pulling the tree out of the ground. The last step is filling in the
hole with the remaining dirt. That way, livestock can walk across without faltering. And there it is! A newly collected hawthorn. Like all new collected trees, I took it home, cleaned the roots, and put in good draining soil. This particular pot is a mica training pot. When finished leave the tree
in a shaded area protected from wind. Do not water for the first 4-5 days
unless dry conditions occur. Soil must remain damp, but not wet. You will soon see new buds forming. ♫ bluegrass music ♫ [tractor sounds] My friend said whatever trees I
didn’t take with me, he would end up cutting down and burning. I couldn’t help myself. I had to get this one. This is the largest tree I’ve ever collected. [saw sounds] Like before, the large sections are cut away. A portable reciprocating saw makes light work of it. Using lopers, I’m able to
clear away the smaller branches much faster than I was able with the other tree. That’s a good looking tree! As you may see this hawthorn has 2″-3″ long thorns, and they’re sharp. Wearing gloves didn’t help a bit. Throughout this whole course I got stuck
dozens of times. Take that as fair warning. I’ve heard other bonsai
artists say it’s like fighting a lynx or a bare-knuckle brawl. Yup. I was mistaken when I thought it was a 6″ base. Its more like 9″ It’s absolutely massive. Next comes digging the trench. ♫ bluegrass music ♫>>Josh: How much of the root system do you need?>>Ben: About what you have right there.>>Narration: My friend was invaluable in helping me get this large tree out of the ground. As you’ll see, we both played hell
getting it out [birds chirping] It doesn’t look pretty, but it’s the
only way we were able to get it. Always take good precautions when you’re out in the woods. You never know what can occur. Accidents do happen. Wrap the root ball up nice and tight.
This will prevent the roots from coming apart in transport. You can use a trash bag, like I’m using here, or you can also use a burlap sack
that’s been soaked in water. Despite the hiccups and bumps, I got the tree home & put into a large pot with good draining soil. Guy wires help stabilize the tree. Within 4-5 weeks, I had buds all over the tree. In the short time since, they have opened up. Like all new collected material let them grow . If you enjoyed this video, leave a comment below. Like and subscribe! There’s more to come Thanks for watching! ♫ bluegrass music ♫

100 thoughts on “Collecting For Bonsai: 2 Hawthorns 2016 – The Boothe Farm 2

  1. It's a shame the landowner was going to cut down and burn the hawthorns.  They provide good browse for his goats, and both a good food supply and great cover for wildlife, including game birds.

  2. I'm about to move to NC and can wait to get some trees of that area collected. here in OK it's pretty much scrub oaks to collect.

  3. good lord , i find the prospect of digging out trees that size and them living rather daunting . I guess i need to just give it shot! you make it look easy . I'm still interested in going collecting with you sometime if you ever need company or decide to get a group together .. I need to develop a eye …… and i need people with more experience to guide me . thanks for the motivation , take care

  4. not all Kinds of plants have a good response, you should choose carefully and the bonsai is an art, sorry bur I'm disagree with this idea, because these are a natural plants and we are taking out it from its place, and get a easy bonsai, I go also to the forest, etc to collect some plants but no like this, I take seeds or stakes. but thanks for the video and try don't be disturbing.

  5. Hey, great video its honestly pretty inspirational. I was planning on taking some hikes this summer on my grandfathers land in Wyoming to explore and find some trees, but it is some tough terrain and I would have one hell of a time carrying trees with roots still in soil like you did. Do you think that the tree would be alright if I get the soil off given I keep the roots moist and undamaged? Not sure what species I might find, just getting an idea if it is possible.

  6. You have good eyes. Sir can you take a look at my videos and tell me if I'm doing the right approach in making and getting bona materials. tnx

  7. There's this monster beech tree above my family cemetery that has the coolest trunk but I've seen it as too much work, but you, my friend, have inspired me. thanks.

  8. all your episodes are so much fun & interesting to watch Mr. Appalachain! Forgive me if its not your name 🙂 Well, the fact remains that i get to learn a lot from your videos….it not just funny & empty. Love your style of picturing the entire episode. Please keep up the great work & please keep sharing! Much love & gratitude from India! 🙂

  9. Man, I grew up in Virginia. I didn't realize there were hawthorns back there. You got some nice ones. Guess I'll have to keep my eyes open when I come back for a visit.

  10. My Husband Craig and I are just beginning collecting trees for Bonsai.  We've found hawthorns and Chinese juniper in an area that is legal to collect.  I use to prospect for gold and now that we live in Kansas, that's out of the picture.  But I get the same "rush" scouting out beautiful and sometimes ugly, trees for bonsai, just the way nature grew them.

  11. Thanks for making these great videos.! Just bought my first bonsai the other day. Really looking forward to learning all about this great art..

  12. Hi, can you tell me how you feel about using lopper vs reciprocating saw? I am still trying to decide which one to buy. Your feedback are much appreciated!

  13. thank you for the video, really it's verry good. I want to ask : which month can i collect these trees, Knowing that i live in Algeria in North Africa ?

  14. VERY helpful video, it's nice that the music was not too loud and strident, so you can concentrate on what's being said.

  15. I really just happened upon your channel. I have been collecting privet hedge for years and have several that have developed into fine topiary. Your channel has inspired me to collect some unusual trees for bonsai. Today I collected two red cedar trees one is about three feet that I am going to design into the niwaki style and the other I am going to just let it grow for about a year. I didn't have the type of soil you use for bonsai but I will transplant them when I can purchase the bonsai soil. Your channel is an inspiration and you have shown me how to take my time and develop patience with the bonsai trees ….so thanks for your channel and inspiration. I live in south Carolina in the upstate in laurens. our climates are not that different….except you probably have a longer season for collecting…I have about another two to possibly three weeks….thanks again….

  16. Lol at 3:45 I thought you had a dog over the left side of the screen, once the tree was down and I could see more clearly I realised they were goats that were keeping you company! That's a good friend to give you an opportunity to collect these trees

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